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Title Classical Landscape with Figures
Collection Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to Bloemen, Jan Frans van (Flemish painter, 1662-1749, active in France and Italy)
Date Earliest possibly about 1710
Date Latest possibly about 1720
Description Bloemen earned the pseudonym 'Orizzonte' for his skill in representing distances or 'horizons', and this picture illustrates the justice of the nickname. The artist, of Flemish origin, worked in Italy and specialised in arcadian landscapes such as this. His primary inspiration was the Italian tradition, but the influence of the great French classicist Poussin may be detected in the rather hard, flat rendering of the clouds.
Current Accession Number MNEMG Bentlif 4.1897.15
Subject landscape (forest; mountains; sea); figure
Measurements 74.0 x 98.5 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details George Amatt Bentlif collection, bequeathed through his brother Samuel 1897.
Publications Allchin, J. H., A guide to the Collections in the Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery, Maidstone, 1909, no. 4; Legouix, S., Foreign Paintings Catalogue, Maidstone Museum and Art Gallery, Maidstone, 1976, p. 9.
Notes A very similar composition by Bloemen which includes the same image of a woman carrying a bundle on her head and two reclining figures is in the Prado (Italian Landscape with Figures, illustrated in Wilenski, R. H., Flemish Painters, London, 1960, vol. 2, plate 818).
Rights Owner Maidstone Museum and Bentlif Art Gallery
Author Dr Rachel Sloan



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