Room 17

Dutch Italianate Painting

In the 17th century a trip to Italy was considered an important part of an artist’s training. Dutch painters went there to study the landscape, ancient ruins and sculptures, and the unique light. On their return to the Netherlands, many of these artists continued to paint Italianate landscapes; others adapted the lessons they had learned to suit Dutch taste for religious and secular paintings.

Hendrick ter Brugghen, known for his restrained compositions and subtle colour harmonies, recreated the dramatic contrasts of light and shade or chiaroscuro found in contemporary Italian art to heighten the emotional impact of his narratives. Pieter Lastman, the leading painter of biblical and mythological subjects in Amsterdam during the 1620s, was inspired by the sophisticated compositions of the Italian masters and filled his scenes with warm, Mediterranean light.

Paintings in this room

Bartholomeus van Bassen: 'Interior of St Cunerakerk, Rhenen'
Interior of St Cunerakerk, Rhenen
Bartholomeus van Bassen
A Sea Storm
Jan Brueghel the Elder
Jan Brueghel the Elder: 'The Adoration of the Kings'
The Adoration of the Kings
Jan Brueghel the Elder
Jan the Elder Brueghel, ‘The Garden of Eden’, 1613
The Garden of Eden
Jan Brueghel the Elder
Hendrick van Steenwyck the Younger: 'Croesus and Solon'
Croesus and Solon
Hendrick van Steenwyck the Younger and Follower of Jan Brueghel the Elder
Hendrick van Steenwyck the Younger: 'The Interior of a Gothic Church looking East'
The Interior of a Gothic Church looking East
Hendrick van Steenwyck the Younger and Jan Brueghel the Elder
Joachim Wtewael: 'The Judgement of Paris'
The Judgement of Paris
Joachim Wtewael