Dirk Valkenburg (Amsterdam, 1675 – Amsterdam, 1721) / Fruits de Surinam et reptiles (Fruits from Surinam and Reptiles), circa 1706–1708 / Oil on canvas, H. 40.5 – L. 48.5


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Fruits from Surinam and Reptiles

Valkenburg visited Surinam, a Dutch colony in South America, in order to draw and paint landscapes, plantations and examples of fauna and flora.

This trip was part of a mission to develop trade with that country and to move in settlers.  The artificial accumulation of animals and...

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