Description Pedon's nocturnal landscape with the eerie ruins of a castle is lit by the moon and a small fire that is reflected in the water. Some figures can be discerned, such as the two soldiers in the foreground, but the scene remains intentionally mysterious. Paintings of pastoral landscapes with an idealized countryside and ancient ruins, such as those by Van Bloemen exhibited nearby, were extremely popular during the 17th century; however, a few artists, like Pedon, were fascinated with the strange and unfamiliar aspects of nature. For more information on this painting, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 373, p. 491.
|1/12/1952||Treatment||coated; inpainted; varnish removed or reduced|
|11/09/1970||Treatment||loss compensation; coated|
Provenance Marquess Filippo Marignoli, Rome and Spoleto, until 1898 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Marquess Francesco Marignoli, 1898 [mode of acquisition unknown]; Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome, 1899 [mode of acquisition unknown] [1900 catalogue supplement: no. 44, attributed to Henri Uron of Haarlem]; 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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