VELDE, Adriaen van de
(b. 1636, Amsterdam, d. 1672, Amsterdam)

A Classical Landscape

Oil on canvas, 32 x 43 cm
Private collection

The painting shows a Italianate landscape with a herding girl seated by a stream with cattle, sheep and goats behind her. Van de Velde probably never went to Italy, and it is only the distant round temple and the garb of the maid that are here overtly Italianate; the cool tones and lush vegetation do not speak of a Mediterranean climate.

The painting is signed and dated centre right: A.v.velde; /1671.