A Roman Landscape with Figures

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)

Classification: Paintings

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.