Peasants with Mules and Oxen

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1615 - 1652
Full title
Peasants with Mules and Oxen on a Track near a River
Date made
about 1641-3
Medium and support
Oil on copper
39.6 x 58.1 cm
Inscription summary
Acquisition credit
Wynn Ellis Bequest, 1876
Inventory number
Location in Gallery