Jan VAN DE VELDE (Delft or Rotterdam 1593 - Enkhuizen 1641)

River Landscape with a Tower and Bridge Sold

Oil on copper. Oval.
9 x 12.5 cm. (3 1/2 x 4 7/8 in.)


Jan van de Velde the Younger is much better known today for his landscape and portrait etchings and engravings than for his paintings, which are very few in number. The composition of this little copper is derived from the artist’s etching Landscape with Ruins from a series of eighteen etchings published in 1615 as 'Amoenissimae aliquot Regiunculae, et antiquorum monumentorum ruinae' (‘Some very pleasant places and ruins of antique monuments’). This youthful etching by the artist is, however, much more horizontal in format than this oval composition, and measures 120 x 317 mm.

A comparable oval Winter Landscape on panel attributed to Jan van de Velde II, of identical dimensions to the present copper, is in the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam. Another landscape on copper by the artist, depicting the young Tobias, is in the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum in Braunschweig, while a now-lost pair of landscapes on copper, from the collection of the Conte Rasponi in Ravenna, were sold at auction in Amsterdam in 1883.

Private collection, South Germany.


River Landscape with a Tower and Bridge


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