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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.
Conservation
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
Exhibitions
  • 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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Period
1620-1629 (Baroque)
Medium
oil on panel
(Painting & Drawing)
Accession Number
37.363
Measurements
H: 17 5/8 x W: 26 in. (44.7 x 66 cm)
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