An Extensive Landscape with a Road by a River

The location of this panoramic view has not been identified, and may well be imaginary. The deep recession of the seemingly endless landscape is evoked not only through the traditional means of the winding road, but also by the varied application of the paint. While the foreground is painted in a broad, even rough manner, the middle distance is represented in considerable detail and the background with bold strokes of pure colour - thus suggesting the differential focus with which the eye perceives a flat landscape.

Koninck, an Amsterdam artist and possibly a pupil of Rembrandt, is principally known for this type of panoramic landscape which he imbued with unprecedented tranquility and grandeur.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1619 - 1688
Full title
An Extensive Landscape with a Road by a River
Date made
1655
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
137.4 x 167.7 cm
Inscription summary
Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1971
Inventory number
NG6398
Location in Gallery