Artist: Goffredo Wals (German, Cologne, born ca. 1590–95, died 1638–40 Calabria)
Date: probably 1630s
Medium: Oil on copper
Dimensions: Diameter 16 in. (40.6 cm)
Credit Line: Wrightsman Fund, 1997
Accession Number: 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 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.