Apart from his portraits and biblical scenes, Aelbert Cuyp owed his reputation primarily to the golden light that floods his landscapes.

Soft sunlight bathes the entire composition in a golden southern glow. The landscape sloping down to the sea is structured by energetic brush-strokes and strong chiaroscuro contrasts. Dynamic cloud-drift and the slanting, gnarled oaks give the impression of motion.


  • Title: Meadows with Cows and Herdsmen
  • Creator: Cuyp Aelbert (1620–1691)
  • Date Created: 1641/1643
  • Physical Dimensions: w74 x h49 cm (without frame)
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Residenzgalerie Salzburg, Image Fotostudio Ghezzi, Oberalm
  • Medium: Oil on Oak

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