Goffredo Wals (German, born ca. 1590–95, died 1638–40)
Oil on copper
Diam. 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Wrightsman Fund, 1997 (1997.157)
Wals was a key figure in the generation of painters who took the Roman countryside as their subject, and focused on the ancient monuments of the area. Like his Northern contemporaries, Cornelis van Poelenburgh, Bartholomeus Breenbergh, and Claude Lorrain, Wals made drawings from nature. These he translated into small, highly evocative, circular paintings that, in their attention to atmospheric effects, look forward to Corot's work in Italy two centuries later.