DUGHET, Gaspard
(b. 1615, Roma, d. 1675, Roma)

Heroic Landscape with Figures

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Oil on canvas, 112 x 153 cm
Residenzgalerie, Salzburg

Most of Dughet's landscapes have their origin in the spirit of antiquity and represent the idyllic images of day-dreams that transcend reality. The people in these paintings are reduced to the role of staffage.

The composition of this large-scale painting is carefully designed and resembles the depiction of a dream, without even a trace of resemblance to the Roman countryside. This fantasy world has its origin in the work of Virgil, who recreated the lost paradise in his poetic dreamland of Arcadia, where people live in peace and harmony with nature.