An Italianate River Landscape with Bridges in the Foreground, a Temple in the Distance

Attributed to Joos de Momper

Biography



The leading member of an artistic family of painters, Joos de Momper the Younger joined the Antwerp guild in 1581. Shortly thereafter he worked in Italy, where he was possibly a pupil of his countryman Lodewijk Toeput, known as Pozzoserrato, in Treviso. Certainly the influence of Pozzoserrato, as well as of Paul Bril and Jan Brueghel the Elder, is strongly evident in de Momper’s drawings, very few of which are either signed or dated. Only a few drawings can be attributed to Joos de Momper with any certainty, however. A common feature of his drawings is the use of coloured washes.