A Wooded Landscape with a Town beyond a Bridge and Distant Mountains

Unknownabout 1515

The J. Paul Getty Museum

The J. Paul Getty Museum
Los Angeles, United States

This dynamic depiction of soaring pine trees with their dripping tendrils together with the panoramic river scene is a fine example of pure landscape drawing. The trees tower above the modest signs of human habitation signaled by the tiny bridge and church in the distant background.

This deference to nature together with the dynamic, emotionally charged pen work, evidenced by rapid parallel hatching and calligraphic contour lines, can be associated with sixteenth-century German artists, such as Albrecht Altdorfer and Wolf Huber, who were working in cities along the Danube River.


  • Title: A Wooded Landscape with a Town beyond a Bridge and Distant Mountains
  • Creator: Unknown
  • Date Created: about 1515
  • Location Created: Germany
  • Physical Dimensions: 26.1 × 18.1 cm (10 1/4 × 7 1/8 in.)
  • Type: Drawing
  • External Link: Find out more about this object on the Museum website.
  • Medium: Pen and black ink
  • Terms of Use: Open Content
  • Number: 2013.48
  • Culture: German
  • Credit Line: The J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles
  • Creator Display Name: Unknown maker, Danube School, active 1500 - 1525
  • Classification: Drawings (Visual Works)

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