A wooded landscape with a bridge and sportsmen at the edge of the river

Paul Bril1590s

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Paul Bril was an Antwerp artist who from 1576 made his career in Rome as one of the first landscape specialists. According to a label on the back, this work still hung in the 18th century in an unidentified Roman palace in the ‘second antechamber next to the gallery overlooking the courtyard’. Like most landscapes paintings at this date the picture would have performed a decorative function, to which its extravagantly contrived and colourful composition was well suited.

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  • Title: A wooded landscape with a bridge and sportsmen at the edge of the river
  • Creator: Paul Bril
  • Date Created: 1590s
  • Physical Dimensions: 88.3 x 67.5 cm stretcher; 111.4 x 90.1 cm frame
  • Provenance: Private Collection, 1748, Italy, unidentified 18th century Italian collection (label verso) Otto E Messinger, circa 1910, Rome/Italy, in the collection of Messinger by 1910, see 'La Collection Messinger' by P d'Achiardi, 1910, plate no. 87 Rudolph Lepke's Kunst-Auctions-Haus, 12 Nov 1918, Berlin/Germany, Anonymous sale, no.55 (with pendant). Galerie Julius Stern, 02 Apr 1932, Dusseldorf/Germany, Anonymous sale. 'Gemälde alter und neuer Meister aus Privatbesitz', lot.no.11 as 'Romantische Landschaft mit Jagdszene' Abels Brothers, 1935, Cologne/North Rhine-Westphalia/Germany, [dealer] Private Collection, pre 1997, Austria Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna, 1997-Aug 1998, Vienna/Austria, Purchased by Galerie Sanct Lucas from an Austrian Noble Family 1997. Johnny Van Haeften Ltd, 1997-Aug 1998, London/England, Purchased by the AGNSW from Johnny Van Haeften Ltd 1998. Johnny Van Haeften Ltd owned the painting in partnership with Galerie Sanct Lucas, Vienna.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Purchased with funds provided by the Sinclair Gillies Deaccessioning Fund and Sam Hughes Memorial Fund 1998
  • Medium: oil on canvas
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Artist Country: Belgium, Italy


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