Classical Landscape
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Classical Landscape 1800
This highly finished painting features details such as trees, plants, rocky outcrops and ruins which were based on drawings made from nature. The composition, however, represents Bertin's imaginative interpretation of a classical pastoral scene, representing an idealised vision. In the foreground by a broken tree stump, two young women hold up garlands of flowers, while in the shade of trees at the centre right, shepherds make an offering to a statue of Pan, the ancient Greek god of the woods and protector of shepherds and their flocks.

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Classicism

A general term for art and architecture based on ancient Greek and Roman culture.

Composition

The arrangement of different elements in a work of art.

Idealisation

The representation of something as a model of perfection.

Pastoral

A landscape painting in which the countryside is represented as an idyllic place, peopled by shepherds and shepherdesses or mythological figures.

Classicism, Composition, Idealisation, Pastoral

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 2465
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 63.50 X 87.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1988