About this artwork

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.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    Landscape with Herdsmen and Animals in front of the Baths of Diocletian, Rome
  • date created:
    About 1700
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    48.50 x 63.50 cm (framed: 65.00 x 80.0 x 8.80 cm)
  • object type:
  • credit line:
    Bequest of Mrs Mary Veitch to the Royal Scottish Academy 1875; transferred and presented 1910
  • accession number:
    NG 1014
  • gallery:
  • subject:
  • photographer:
    Antonia Reeve
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Pieter van Bloemen

Pieter van Bloemen