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Landscape with Figures
Probably by Crescenzio Onofri

We look across a vast landscape. In the middle of the scene, a washerwoman walks along a dirt track, her clothing bright in the sun. Beyond her, further up the mountain, a shepherd drives his flock onward; in the foreground, two pairs of figures chat.

This large-scale picture was probably painted by Crescenzio Onofri, a pupil of the landscape artist Dughet. The artist has incorporated trees to frame the scene, and a winding path and sweeping valley to lead our eye through the composition. Warm browns in the foreground gradually change to cool blues and greys in the mountains, creating a sense of distance.

Onofri moved from Rome to Florence in the 1690s. He collaborated with others artists, who added figures to his landscapes; Francesco Petrucci probably worked on these ones. The companion piece to this painting, Landscape with Fishermen, is also in the National Gallery’s collection.

Key facts
Artist Probably by Crescenzio Onofri
Artist dates 1640s - after 1712
Full title Landscape with Figures
Date made probably 1670-1712
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 171.5 x 246.4 cm
Acquisition credit Presented by Philip Pusey, 1849
Inventory number NG2723
Location in Gallery Not on display
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