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.
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|1/12/1952||Treatment||coated; surface cleaned; varnish removed or reduced|
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|3/21/1980||Treatment||cleaned; coated; inpainted; loss compensation; varnish removed or reduced|
|6/18/1980||Examination||examined for technical study|
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|11/01/1990||Treatment||coated; examined for exhibition; lined|
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- 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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