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Jan Both: 'Peasants with Mules and Oxen'

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Both spent several years in Italy and made drawings of the countryside around Rome. In this painting he employs a high viewpoint which creates a wide vista. The branches and leaves of the trees, some tinged by sunlight, are painted with the kind of painstaking detail possible on a copper panel.

It was probably painted shortly after Both's return to Utrecht from Italy in about 1641-3.

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