Italian Landscape with Bridge

Herman van Swanevelt1645

Dulwich Picture Gallery

Dulwich Picture Gallery
London, United Kingdom

"Swanevelt spent most of his life in Rome and Paris, sharing a house with Claude in Rome from 1627-29. He and Claude developed along similar lines, one influencing the other, and their works are not always easy to separate. In 1644 he became Painter to the King of France.

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  • Title: Italian Landscape with Bridge
  • Date: 1645
  • Physical Dimensions: w554 x h384 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil
  • null: Murray suggests Perhaps the 'Morning' and 'Evening' in R. Strange coll., 1769, nos 72 and 73 (as 19 1/2 x 24 in); ?London, Noel Desenfans, 1786-1807: ?London, Desenfans private sale, 8ff. Jun. 1786, lot 111, 281; Ð but the descriptions are very general for his sale.
  • Work Nationality: Dutch
  • Support: Canvas
  • Provenance: London, Sir Francis Bourgeois, 1811; Bourgeois Bequest, 1811.
  • Inscriptions: [VAN SWANEVELT PARIS]
  • Further Information: " Swanevelt's Italian Landscape with Bridge and DPG136, also depicted on this wall, are the same size and show a morning and an evening landscape in Italy. This suggests that they form a pair. Together, they offer a study in contrasts: An Italian Landscape (DPG136) has a restrained colour scheme, while this painting is warmer, the whole scene bathed in a golden light. In particular, the detailed depiction of the plants and leaves in Italian Landscape with a Bridge are much more decorative than similar elements in DPG136. "
  • Artist: van Swanevelt, Herman
  • Acquisition Method: Bourgeois, Sir Peter Francis (Bequest, 1811)