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Italian Landscape with Figures
  • Nicolaes Berchem (1620 - 1683)
  • Italian Landscape with Figures
  • Netherlands
  • 1654
  • Painting
  • Oil on canvas
  • Image size: 53.2 x 64.2 cm
  • Signature: 'CPBerchem f.1654' 'CPB' in monogram
  • P186
  • East Galleries III
Commentary
History
Further Reading
  • Berchem’s warm light effects recall those of his contemporary, Jan Both, and his figures and compositions exhibit an elegant idealism which made them very popular with collectors until the mid-nineteenth century. This is an expressive Italianate landscape, bathed in golden evening light, possibly influenced by Berchem’s supposed trip to Italy c.1651-3. The image was publicised widely in a print after the painting, entitled Le Soir, engraved by Le Bas in 1740.