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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, the expressive force and scenographic effects take prevalence in this composition. Consequently, these give this composition a strong dramatic character similar to that of the works of the Flemish masters of the early 17th century, with which Collantes was undoubtedly very familiar. On the surface of the canvas, the reliefs are arranged with clarity and certain symmetry. On the right and left, the painter creates two masses of dense greenery against the backlight, which cover two thirds of the painting. Moreover, these are outlined against a clear sky filled with white clouds. The rays of light penetrating through the dense branches illuminate the rocks in the foreground. The compositional axis is filled with a clearing in the forest in which we find mountains and vegetation at different heights. Meanwhile, the low horizon gives way to the light coming from the sky. The richness of the composition, with its multiple levels highlighted by the effects of light, the rigorous study of perspective and the accumulation of elements, endow the scene depicted with variety and decorativeness. The gradient from the different shades of ochre, green and blue, in that order, is also frequently repeated by the masters of the Flemish school. Especially, it used to be repeated in the time before the aesthetic revolution of Rubens, who converted landscapes into dynamic compositions. He carried out this change without the need to use these tonal gradients. The painting comes from the Spanish royal collections. Although the current measurements are slightly smaller, Angulo and Pérez Sánchez, in their text on painting in Madrid from the second third of the 17th century, published in 1983, compare this canvas with ‘landscape with a wooden bridge of a yard per one yard and a span.’ The latter appears in the inventories of the Buen Retiro Palace. In the Museo del Prado’s old inventories, the same measurements as today are recorded. Nevertheless, it is not surprising that, before it entered the Museum, its size may have been reduced as a result of some restorations.

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

Technical data

Inventory number
P000667
Author
Collantes, Francisco
Title
Leafy Landscape
Date
First half of the XVII century
Technique
Oil
Support
Canvas
Dimension
Height: 65 cm; Width: 80 cm
Provenance
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 +

298
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
Toledo
03.11.1995 - 03.12.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Sevilla
28.09.1995 - 29.10.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Murcia
02.06.1995 - 02.07.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Valencia
28.04.1995 - 28.05.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Zaragoza
24.03.1995 - 23.04.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Pamplona
17.02.1995 - 19.03.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Vitoria
13.01.1995 - 12.02.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Santander
02.12.1994 - 08.01.1995

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
León
28.10.1994 - 27.11.1994

Pintores del reinado de Felipe IV
Vigo
22.09.1994 - 23.10.1994

Location +

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

Update date: 12-03-2022 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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