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Southern Landscape with Shepherds beneath a Ruined Arch
Asselijn, Jan
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Asselijn, Jan

Dieppe, 1600 - Amsterdam, 1652

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Southern Landscape with Shepherds beneath a Ruined Arch

Ca. 1647. Oil on canvas.
On display elsewhere

This scene belongs to the type of Italianate landscape which Asselijn cultivated in Holland based on drawings and sketches made from the life during his stay in Rome. Blankert (1965) dates the work to 1648. However, Steland-Stief (1971) believes it to have been painted around 1647, the first year Asselijn is documented in Amsterdam after returning from Italy, on account of the stylistic similarity of the figures to those in Peasants eating (Dresden, Gemäldegalerie, no. 1592, whereabouts unknown since 1945), signed and dated that year.

Compositions of this type, in which a luminous landscape with Roman ruins is viewed from inside a cave or cavern, derived from Pieter van Laer (1599-after 1642) and, ultimately, from Cornelis van Poelenburch (1594/95-1667). They were introduced in Holland by Asselijn, from whom they were borrowed by various painters of Italianate landscapes including Nicolas Berchem (1620-1683).

Asigned replica (Steland-Stief 1971, no. 66) and two variations of this scene are known: one on panel, signed (Amsterdam, Rijksmuseum, inv.A2314), and another on canvas, signed with a monogram (Steland-Stief 1971, no. 67) (Posada Kubissa, T.: Pintura holandesa en el Museo Nacional del Prado. Catálogo razonado, 2009, pp. 296-297).

Technical data

Inventory number
Asselijn, Jan
Southern Landscape with Shepherds beneath a Ruined Arch
Ca. 1647
Height: 56.6 cm; Width: 49 cm
Lebrun Collection, Paris, 1773; Rudolf Czernin Collection, Vienna, 1844-1936; Sanct Lucas Gallery, Vienna, 1969; acquired from Sotheby's for the Museo del Prado, 2000.

Bibliography +

Perger, Österrichische Blätter für Literatur und Kunst, 1853, pp. 236.

Parthey, G., Verichnis der in Deutschland vorhandenen Oelbilder verstorbener Maler aller Schulen, I, Berlín, 1863, pp. 48.

Waagen, Gustav F., Die vornehmsten Kunstdenkmäler in Wien, I, Viena, 1866, pp. 299.

Wilczek, Karl, Katalog der Graf Czerninschen Gemäldegalerie in Wien, Viena, 1936, pp. nº38.

Steland-Stief, Anne Charlotte, Jan Asselijn, Amsterdam, 1971, pp. 50, 69-70.

Blankert, Albert, Nederlandse 17e eeuwse Italianiserende Landschapschilders, Utrecht, 1978, pp. 136-137, nº64, nota 3.

Kelch, Jan, Hollandische Malerei Aus Berliner Privatbesitz, Kaiser: Friedrich: Museums: Ve, Berlin, 1984, pp. 8, nº 1.

Adquisiciones del año 2000, Museo del Prado: Memoria de Actividades, Madrid, 2000, pp. 43.

Obras adscritas al Museo Nacional del Prado en el año 2000, Boletín del Museo del Prado, XIX, 2001, pp. 199.

Mari, Antoni (1944-), El Esplendor de la Ruina, Fundacio Caixa Catalunya, Barcelona, 2005.

Posada Kubissa, Teresa, Pintura holandesa en el Museo Nacional del Prado. Catálogo razonado, Museo Nacional del Prado, Madrid, 2009, pp. 26.

Other inventories +

Inv. Nuevas Adquisiciones (iniciado en 1856). Núm. 2556.

Inscriptions +

J. A.
Signed. Front, lower right corner

Exhibitions +

El esplendor de la ruina
11.07.2005 - 30.10.2005

Location +

Madrid - Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza (Deposit)

Update date: 04-11-2021 | Registry created on 28-04-2015

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