Landscape with Herdsmen and Animals in front of the Baths of Diocletian, Rome
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Landscape with Herdsmen and Animals in front of the Baths of Diocletian, Rome
This picturesque view of Rome, with the ruins of the Baths of Diocletian in the background, was once thought to be by Jan Asselijn. The current attribution to Pieter van Bloemen is more likely, as this type of Italianate landscape with careful groupings of figures and animals is typical of his work. In the 1560s, fragments of the ruined Roman baths had been converted into the Church of Santa Maria degli Angeli by Pope Pius IV. Van Bloemen, with his masterful control over seemingly incidental detail, has included the tiny cross of the church at the apex of one of the roofs.

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Picturesque

A term applied to certain landscape images and garden or architectural designs. The idea became prominent in the 18th century to describe irregular or rough scenes that were deemed worthy to be painted. This includes subjects such as ruined castles or ramshackle cottages.

Picturesque

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 1014
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 48.50 x 63.50 cm (painted area)
  • Credit Bequest of Mrs Mary Veitch to the Royal Scottish Academy 1875; transferred and presented 1910