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Leafy Landscape
Collantes, Francisco
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Collantes, Francisco

Madrid (Spain), 1599 - Madrid (Spain), 1656

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Leafy Landscape

First half of the XVII century. Oil on canvas.
On display elsewhere

Once again, expressive force and scenography prevail in this composition and lend it a strong dramatic character similar to that of works by early 17th-century Flemish masters, with which Collantes was undoubtedly very familiar. The components are clearly and almost symmetrically arranged on the surface of the canvas. On the right and left, the painter has backlit two masses of dense greenery, which cover two thirds of the painting and are silhouetted against a clear sky with scattered clouds. The rays of light penetrate dense branches and illuminate the rocks in the foreground. The compositional axis consists of a clearing in the forest in which mountains and vegetation are situated at different heights across a low horizon that gives way to the light coming from the sky. The richness of the composition – with its multiple levels highlighted by the effects of light and the rigorous study of perspective and the accumulation of elements – lends variety and decorativeness to the depicted scene.

The masters of the Flemish school frequently repeated gradations between different shades of ochre, green and blue, in that order. Such gradations were often employed in the time before the aesthetic revolution of Rubens, who converted landscapes into dynamic compositions. He carried out this change without having to use these tonal gradients.

The painting comes from the Spanish royal collections. In their 1983 text on painting in Madrid from the second third of the 17th century, Angulo and Pérez Sánchez identify this canvas as a landscape with a wooden bridge of a yard per one yard and a quarter’, although its current measurements are slightly smaller. This text appears in the inventories of the Buen Retiro Palace, whereas the Museo del Prado’s old inventories record the same measurements as today’s. Nevertheless, it is possible that before the painting entered the Museum, its size may have been reduced as a result of restoration.

Esplendores de Espanha de el Greco a Velázquez, Río de Janeiro, Arte Viva, 2000, p.217

Technical data

Inventory number
Collantes, Francisco
Leafy Landscape
First half of the XVII century
Height: 65 cm; Width: 80 cm
Royal Collection

Bibliography +

Sentenach y Cabañas, Narciso, Adiciones y notas al Catálogo del Museo del Prado, Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Excursiones, 12, 1904, pp. 125.

Gaya Nuño, J.A., Notas al catálogo del Museo del Prado, Boletín de la Sociedad Española de Excursiones, 58, 1954, pp. 120.

Pérez Sánchez, A.E., Algunas obras inéditas, Archivo español de arte y arqueología, 35, 1962, pp. 256.

Gaya Nuño, Juan Antonio, Historia y guía de los museos de España, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1968, pp. 658.

La peinture espagnole du siècle d'or: de Greco a Velazquez, Association Française d'Action Artistique, París, 1976.

Ilarri Gimeno, A., Catálogo, pintura, dibujo, grabado y escultura. Pazo-Museo, Ayuntamiento, Vigo, 1978, pp. 39.

Angulo Íñiguez, Diego, Historia de la pintura española: escuela madrileña del segundo tercio del siglo XVII, Instituto Diego Velázquez, Madrid, 1983, pp. 61/ lám.57.

Orihuela, Mercedes, El ''Prado disperso''. Cuadros depositados en las provincias de La Coruña, Lugo, Orense y Pontevedra. Mondoñedo. Palacio Episcopal, Boletín del Museo del Prado, IX, 1988, pp. 159.

Museo Nacional del Prado, Museo del Prado: inventario general de pinturas (I) La Colección Real, Museo del Prado, Espasa Calpe, Madrid, 1990.

Esplendores de Espanha de el Greco a Velázquez, Arte Viva, Río de Janeiro, 2000, pp. 217.

Other inventories +

Inv. Real Museo, 1857. Núm. 298.
Collantes / 298. Pais montuoso cubierto de vegetación. / en el se ve una cascada que lo atraviesa entre peñascos / Alto 2 pies, 6 pulg, 6 lín; Ancho 3 pies, 8 pulg.

Inscriptions +

Inscribed in white. Front, lower left corner

Exhibitions +

La pincelada oculta
La Coruña
16.09.2019 - 15.12.2019

De El Greco a Velázquez. La cultura española durante la Unión Ibérica, 1580-1640
Río de Janeiro
12.07.2000 - 24.09.2000

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
03.11.1995 - 03.12.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
28.09.1995 - 29.10.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
02.06.1995 - 02.07.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
28.04.1995 - 28.05.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
24.03.1995 - 23.04.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
17.02.1995 - 19.03.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
13.01.1995 - 12.02.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
02.12.1994 - 08.01.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
28.10.1994 - 27.11.1994

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
22.09.1994 - 23.10.1994

Location +

Vigo - Museo Municipal de Vigo Quiñones de León (Deposit)

Update date: 28-05-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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