(b. ca. 1530, Leuven, d. 1597, Frankfurt/Main)

Rocky Landscape

Oil on copper, 15 x 22 cm
Private collection

Such scenes by Lucas van Valkenborch may be seen as part of a long tradition of fantastic, rocky river landscapes, intended to appeal to the imagination, which originated with artists in the mid-16th century such as Herri met de Bles and continued until the end of the 17th century, with the exaggerated features of the Rhenish capriccios of Herman Saftleven.