Classical Landscape with Architecture
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Classical Landscape with Architecture 1736

On Display SCOTTISH NATIONAL GALLERY

  • Scottish Art
This type of painting, known as a 'capriccio' or invention, is characteristic of Norie senior's ideal landscapes. It has all the essential ingredients to make a picturesque scene: lush foliage, a tranquil lake, a distant mountain, a rutted track, classical ruins and figures for human interest. Norie often borrowed motifs from a variety of engraved sources. The classical ruins in this painting come from a view of the Colosseum by the Roman view painter and architect Panini. The dimensions of the painting suggest that it was designed to fit over a doorway or to be inserted into a wall.

Glossary Open

Capriccio

Images of buildings in an imaginary setting, particularly associated with 18th-century Venice.

Engraving

The printmaking technique in which an image is inscribed on a copper plate with a tool that cuts a groove in the surface. This groove holds the ink that creates the print when it is applied to paper. Also refers to the method of making an incision on a material such as glass.

Motif

A distinctive element in a work of art or design.

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.

Capriccio, Engraving, Motif, Picturesque

Details

  • Acc. No. NG 1768
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 68.00 x 136.00 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1931