Fantastic Landscape

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Fantastic Landscape 1598

On Display Scottish National Gallery

This small painting on copper is a fine example of Bril’s imaginary landscapes. He used the established convention of dividing a distant vista into coloured bands to suggest the idea of receding space, from the warm brownish foreground, through to the lighter greenish middle ground and the cooler blue background. Bril also combined elements from his native Netherlandish landscape tradition, such as the twisted tree trunks, rocky outcrops and steep sided river valley, with his interest in classical fragments and architectural ruins. The lively figures provide colourful accents and some human interest.

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  • Acc. No. NG 1492
  • Medium Oil on copper
  • Size 21.30 x 29.20 cm (framed: 30.20 x 38.50 x 4.70 cm)
  • Credit Bequest of Mrs Nisbet Hamilton Ogilvy of Biel 1921