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Landscape

17th-18th century
22.8 cm x 32.4 cm (9 in. x 12 3/4 in.)

Jan Griffier (Amsterdam, The Netherlands, 1652 - 1718, London) Primary

Object Type: painting
Artist Nationality: Europe, Dutch
Medium and Support: Oil on wood
Credit Line: Gift of the Wunsch Foundation, Inc., 1993
            
               Accession Number:                1993.131             
            
Object Description: One of the artist’s many Rhineland landscapes admired by British collectors, this painting is likely an invention of Griffier’s imagination rather than a depiction of an actual place. He traveled extensively in England and Holland, but never visited the lower Rhineland. He drew instead on the work of his contemporary Herman Saftleven and on the artificiality of even earlier landscape artists, such as Jan Brueghel. The enamel-like colors, minute detail, and blue-green gradation in the distant mountains and sky are evidence of the latter.

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