The Cleveland Museum of Art

Collection Online as of February 26, 2024

Horse Standing on a Mound

Horse Standing on a Mound

Location: not on view

Did You Know?

This Dutch artist specialized in making natural portraits of horses, dogs, and even cows!


Cornelis Saftleven’s drawing of a horse from the rear is an example of the animal subject matter that was outrageously popular and considered indigenous to the Netherlands in the 17th century. The artist made this drawing for sale, evident by his initials and date at the bottom center of the drawing, and by the drawing’s high degree of finish, combining several different media including yellow watercolor and red chalk. The awkward and nonheroic pose of the horse demonstrates the Dutch taste for everyday scenes and naturalism.
  • November 21, 1989
    Sotheby's, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    Private Collection, Amsterdam, Netherlands
    March 4, 2019
    the Cleveland Museum of Art, Cleveland, OH
  • {{cite web|title=Horse Standing on a Mound|url=false|author=Cornelis Saftleven|year=1655|access-date=26 February 2024|publisher=Cleveland Museum of Art}}

Source URL: