VIOLA, Giovan Battista
(b. 1576, Bologna, d. 1622, Roma)
Landscape with a Devotional Imagebefore 1603
Oil on canvas, 47 x 59 cm
Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Rome
Viola's landscapes are almost indistinguishable from those by Domenichino. Viola's figures tend to be clumsier and his landscapes more rugged and wilder with mountains in the distance rendered in the deep blue often found in the backgrounds of Netherlandish paintings.