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Winter Landscape
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Winter Landscape

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Description The cycle of the seasons fascinated 17th-century Europeans, but the shifts in the tilt of the earth that causes them were not understood. Winter was especially hard then; Europe was in the middle of a little ice age and it was much colder than today. The Southern Netherlands was also in the midst of a war, and ill-paid soldiers terrorized the peasants. Here, the Antwerp landscapist Joos de Momper uses subdued color and tonal unity to suggest the bleakness of a late winter afternoon, complemented by an intricate, stark pattern of barren branches against the sky. Landscape was a popular subject in antwerp in these years. De Momper's works are characterized by this moody, tonal quality rather than by attention to lush vegetation.
Date Description Narrative
Examinationexamined for condition
1/12/1952Treatmentcoated; surface cleaned; varnish removed or reduced
11/09/1979Examinationexamined for condition
3/21/1980Treatmentcleaned; coated; inpainted; loss compensation; varnish removed or reduced
6/18/1980Examinationexamined for technical study
6/18/1980Treatmentexamined for technical study
6/18/1980Examinationexamined for condition
5/04/1990Examinationexamined for condition
11/01/1990Treatmentcoated; examined for exhibition; lined
11/24/1992Examinationexamined for condition
  • New Light on Old Pictures: Dutch and Flemish Paintings from the Walters. The Walters Art Gallery, Baltimore. 1981-1982.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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1620-1629 (Baroque)
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
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H: 17 5/8 x W: 26 in. (44.7 x 66 cm)

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