Peasants with Cattle by a Ruin

The signature in monogram on the end of the stone block at the right is false; it is intended to be that of Nicolaes Berchem. However, the picture does not resemble Berchem's work and comparison with signed paintings by Begeijn makes it clear that he was the artist. Begeijn's work shows little stylistic development and is therefore difficult to date.

Begeijn travelled to Italy in about 1660 and this painting is typical of the artist's style of Italianate landscapes.

Key facts

Artist dates
active from 1655; died 1697
Full title
Peasants with Cattle by a Ruin
Date made
probably about 1665-90
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
54.3 x 66 cm
Acquisition credit
Bequeathed by Richard Frankum, 1861
Inventory number
Location in Gallery