XL poster | The Threatened Swan | 50x70cm
|Decoration||The Threatened Swan, Jan Asselijn, c. 1650|
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This extra large poster depicts The Threatened Swan by Jan Asselijn. Full of energy, a swan protects her nest against a dog. In later centuries, the fight was interpreted politically: the white swan was seen as statesman Johan de Witt - assassinated in 1672 - protecting the country against its enemies. With this interpretation, the painting became the first purchase for the National Art Gallery in 1800 (the forerunner of the Rijksmuseum).
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