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Philips Koninck, An Extensive Landscape

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Full title An Extensive Landscape with Houses in a Wood and a Distant Town
Artist Philips Koninck
Artist dates 1619 - 1688
Date made about 1670
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 101.5 × 146.5 cm
Acquisition credit Bought with contributions from the Benson family and the Art Fund, 1927
Inventory number NG4251
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
An Extensive Landscape
Philips Koninck

There’s a delight in letting your eye wander across the vast landscapes of Koninck’s paintings and suddenly coming upon one of the tiny details within. In the foreground here, but still far away, are assorted animals and assorted people, some working, some chatting, some idling away the remaining sunny hours. Away among the trees are churches, pavilions, towers and humbler dwellings. In the shadows there’s a bridge crossing a river to a windmill. Further off, the sun catches a lake with a town on its banks.

Koninck was a specialist in these expansive, usually imaginary, landscapes, to which he brought an unprecedented grandeur and tranquillity. The animals and figures here were probably done by Adriaen van der Velde. Artists collaborating like this – one painting the landscape and another the figures – was a normal practice at the time.

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