BLOEMEN, Jan Frans van
(b. 1662, Antwerpen, d. 1749, Roma)
Oil on canvas, 81 x 137 cm
This painting shows a wooded classical landscape with two figures on a path by a Sphinx, a river and a fortified hill town beyond.
Jan Frans van Bloemen spent most of his active career spanning nearly sixty years in Rome. The prime inspiration for his art is to be found in the work of Gaspar Dughet from whose classicising style he derived many of his notions of colour, composition and technique. His style during his long maturity developed only in the increasing lightness of his palette, towards the innovations of Pannini, Locatelli and Anesi. His subject matter is largely consistent, and typified by the present painting.