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Crescenzio Onofri, Landscape with Fishermen

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Full title Landscape with Fishermen
Artist Crescenzio Onofri
Artist dates 1640s - after 1712
Date made probably 1670-1712
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 171.5 × 243.8 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Philip Pusey, 1849
Inventory number NG2724
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Landscape with Fishermen
Crescenzio Onofri

Threatening clouds loom over the distant mountains and dwarf the cluster of buildings and stone bridge in the middle ground. Above the clouds, the sky is dark.There is a sense of movement throughout the scene, from the trees and clouds blown by the wind to the fishermen hauling in a net from the river in the foreground. A little further back, a boat carrying several other figures is hastily crossing the water.

Crescenzio Onofri was heavily influenced by the landscape artist Dughet, and spent his earlier career assisting him on numerous commissions as his pupil. This work and its companion piece Landscape with Figures were probably painted in Florence towards the end of Onofri’s career, when he worked for the court of Cosimo III de' Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany. The foreground figures were likely painted by a collaborator, possibly Francesco Petrucci.

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