Two riders seek directions from a trio of peasants who point to the sunlit valley beyond. The painting is notable for its picturesque motifs: The sinewy twisting trunks of the trees and the trailing ivy growing on them, the curious rock formations, and the heavy-leafed plants languishing in the foreground. The golden evening light is exploited to create interesting juxtapositions of light and dark areas.

This landscape was one of some fifteen paintings made by Rosa for Prince Giovan Carlo de' Medici, a collector and patron of the arts who invited him to Florence in 1640. It was probably painted the following year.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1615 - 1673
Full title
Landscape with Travellers asking the Way
Date made
about 1641
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
108.3 x 174.2 cm
Inscription summary
Signed
Acquisition credit
Presented by the Trustees of Sir Denis Mahon's Charitable Trust through the Art Fund, 2013
Inventory number
NG6643
Location in Gallery