Jan Asselijn, c. 1650, painting, SK-A-4
With its wings stretched and its neck poised, the swan protects her eggs against a dog swimming nearby. Showing the scene from a low angle emphasises the bird’s power.
The inscriptions are a later addition and have a political message. They refer to the Dutch political leader Johan de Witt, who…
On display in Philips wing, room 1.3