NIEULANDT, Willem van, the Younger
(b. 1584, Antwerpen, d. ca. 1635, Amsterdam)

View of the Forum Romanum

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Oil on copper, 40 x 70 cm
Private collection

Although he was only in Rome from 1601/2 to 1604, Willem van Nieulandt's subsequent career in The Netherlands almost exclusively consists of painted and engraved views of Rome. Many of his paintings are actually wholly or partly based on his own prints, which were in turn based on his own drawings made in Rome, some of which survive. The present picture is unrelated to any of his prints, but is also probably based on one or more of his own drawings. Van Nieulandt was one of the earliest Netherlandish artists working in the North to build a career on depictions of Rome, and as such he is the precursor of the subsequent generation of Dutch Italianate painters.