BLOEMEN, Jan Frans van
(b. 1662, Antwerpen, d. 1749, Roma)

A Scene in the Roman Campagna

c. 1736
Oil on canvas, 172 x 237 cm
Private collection

The painting shows a scene in the Roman Campagna with a capriccio view of Tivoli and a bolt of lightning. In this, as in other Arcadian landscapes painted by the artist, Van Bloemen shows his skill in rendering different atmospheric effects. We sense the storm moving swiftly over the landscape, the storm-clouds being driven by a wind which bends trees under its force. The bolt of lightning in the centre of the painting is a motif which recurs in other paintings by Van Bloemen, but never on the same scale or with the same dramatic emphasis as it does here.