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Jan Both, A Rocky Landscape with Peasants and Pack Mules

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Full title A Rocky Landscape with Peasants and Pack Mules
Artist Jan Both
Artist dates about 1615 - 1652
Date made about 1645
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 119.5 × 160 cm
Inscription summary Signed
Acquisition credit Presented by Sir George Beaumont, 1823/8
Inventory number NG71
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
A Rocky Landscape with Peasants and Pack Mules
Jan Both

Age has not been kind to this lyrical evocation of the Roman Campagna (the countryside around the Italian city) and parts of it are now obscured. In the centre, a group of peasants – the picture’s focus – are at the turn of a path. One man pushes his laden mule up the slope towards us. A girl mounted on a mule is about to follow him. Another man heaves at a mule, whip in hand.

Jan Both was a Dutch artist who lived for a while in Rome, making sketches and drawings that he kept for his return home. There, his landscapes were painted in the studio and, with the low soft light that pervades them, they seem to radiate a memory of the warmth of Italy.

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