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Italian Landscape
  • Jan Both (c. 1618 - 1652)
  • Italian Landscape
  • Netherlands
  • probably c.1645 - 1652
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 81.2 x 104.7 cm
  • Signature: 'Jboth' 'JB' in monogram
  • P28
  • East Galleries III
Further Reading
  • During the period he worked in Rome with his brother Andries (1638-41), Jan Both also collaborated with the landscape painter Claude. He adopted the latter’s method of arranging his compositions along diagonal lines to achieve greater recession into depth, and unified his landscapes with a similar golden light. Both’s approach differed, however, in its greater attention to naturalistic detail. One contemporary wrote that Jan "endeavored to approach nature as closely as possible". His was prolific and his decorative landscapes were very popular in the eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. This picture is painted on a brownish ground, typical of the landscapes the artist produced shortly after his return from Italy and can be dated to 1645. It shows a wild and mountainous country, divided by a winding road, on which are two travellers, portrayed as if they had halted to speak to a peasant. On the left is a herdsman with three cows. It may be compared with an earlier version of a similar subject, Landscape with a Wooden Bridge today in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich.