One or two Old Testament subjects have been suggested, such as the flight of Ahab and the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, but these interpretations are not convincing.

Comparison with an early engraving establishes the attribution. The loose brushwork of the lower third of the painting in particular suggests Millet's familiarity with the work of Gaspar Dughet. However, the composition, with its extensive view from an elevated viewpoint, derives from 16th-century Flemish landscape.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1642 - 1679
Full title
Mountain Landscape with Lightning
Date made
about 1675
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
97.3 x 127.1 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought (Clarke Fund), 1945
Inventory number
NG5593
Location in Gallery