Flemish painter from the first half of the 17th century - circle of Paul Bril (Antwerp, 1554 - Rome, 1626)
Fantastic woodland landscape with sleeping Endymion
Oil on canvas, cm. 31 x 41
In an old frame cm. 41 x 51
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The painting in question, a fantastic and suggestive landscape, immediately suggests the Nordic origin of its author, in whose hand we can easily identify the style of the Flemish Paul Bril (Antwerp, 1554 - Rome, 1626).
The description of the landscape piece, the unfolding of perspective and the chromatic tones highlighted by the elegance of the tones, are the unmistakable characteristics that unite the compositions of Brill and his brother Matthijs, both documented in Rome at from the eighth decade of the sixteenth. century.
The master used to introduce figures taken from mythology into his fascinating landscapes: in our case we can see a character taken from classical literature and in particular from the myth of "Diana and Endymion" (Ars amatoria d ' Ovid). Diana, fallen in love at the first sight of the beautiful shepherd Endymion, turned to Jupiter, her father, to make her beauty immortal. God satisfied his daughter's desire, causing her to fall into a deep sleep, which made her eternally young and made it possible for the goddess to be able to contemplate her every night.
The stage space sees in the foreground the elongated body of the sleeping young Endymion, lying naked on a sheet, an image of timeless beauty, while Diana, in the shape of a dove, approaches him. At his side, the two watchful greyhounds of the goddess watch over her eternal sleep.
Behind it opens a wide and suggestive hilly view, so luxuriant that it evokes a kind of Eden, whose depth of perspective is calibrated by different shades of blue, crossed by a meandering stream dotted with various fantastic evocative buildings. classic.
We are inclined to attribute its execution to an author active in the first part of the 17th century, who certainly knew and studied Bril's creations, and who is therefore extremely influenced by them.
Given the still archaic aspects of the composition, the canvas is inspired by works from its first pictorial phase (therefore still in the 16th century), when the author was still linked to late Mannerist fantastic landscapes reminiscent of Pieter Brueghel the Elder .
The canvas stands out for its bright colors and good preservation, keeping in mind the time, with small touches scattered over the surface.
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Circle of Paul Bril (Antwerp 1554 - Rome 1626), Fantastiq wooded landscape
Dimensions : 41 x 51 cm
Number of copies : 1
Delivery time : 1 week
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Circle of Paul Bril (Antwerp 1554 - Rome 1626), Fantastiq wooded landscape on sale by Antichità Castelbarco