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A Landscape with an Italian Hill Town

Photo credit: The National Gallery, London

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We don't know where this castle and the surrounding landscape is located, but they are likely to be based on scenes Hendrik Frans van Lint saw when he was living in Italy. He was working with a group of Dutch and Flemish artists who returned home to the Netherlands to paint the mountainous scenery and soft, clear light of Italy. Van Lint shared in the popularity of these paintings with Northern European audiences. In this picture, he has opted for a cooler sky to bring out the sombre grey walls of the castle.

The National Gallery, London





Oil on canvas


H 22.7 x W 34.6 cm

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Bequeathed by Lady Lindsay, 1912

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