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

Italian Landscape

c. 1735
Oil on canvas, 48 x 38 cm
The Hermitage, St. Petersburg

This painting is the pendant of the Landscape with a Fountain, also in the Hermitage. The two paintings demonstrate the artist's favourite compositional device, framing the scene with tall Roman pine trees that arch slightly inwards to shelter and provide shade for the figures below. This provides the perfect opportunity to employ strong lighting effects and dramatic shading to express atmosphere.