Landscape with the Judgement of Midas

Coninxloo, Gillis van (1544-1606/07), Mander, Karel van (I) (1548-1606) (1544-1606/07) | Painter
Coninxloo, Gillis van (1544-1606/07) | Painter
Mander, Karel van (I) (1544-1606/07) | Painter


In front of an imposing panoramic landscape the story of the musical contest between the Greek gods Pan and Apollo is told. As judge in the matter the aged Tmolos decided that Apollo was the winner. But King Midas criticized the verdict, claiming that the buck-legged Pan deserved the prize. Offended by this, Apollo punished him with donkey ears.
While the figure scenery was created by the art theorist and painter Van Mander, the Antwerp Coninxloo created the detailed overlapping landscape. The latter had made a decisive contribution to the modernization of Dutch landscape painting with his close-up, dense forest landscapes.

Material & Technique
Oil on oak panel
Gemäldegalerie Alte Meister
Inventory number
Gal.-Nr. 857