A Roman Landscape with Figures

Goffredo Wals German

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German by birth, Wals was a key figure in the generation of Northern painters who took the ancient monuments and ruins of the Roman countryside as their subject. Between 1620 and 1622 he taught the recently arrived Claude Lorrain, greatly influencing the younger artist’s method of drawing directly from nature as a step before painting landscapes in the studio. Wals specialized in small paintings, such as this work on copper, with brilliant sunlight and lucid atmospheres. They look ahead to works painted by the French landscapist Camille Corot during his visits to Italy two centuries later.

A Roman Landscape with Figures, Goffredo Wals (German, Cologne, born ca. 1590–95, died 1638–40 Calabria), Oil on copper

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