Philadelphia Museum of Art - Collections Object : Bohemian Landscape with Couples and Hunters

Bohemian Landscape with Couples and Hunters
Mountainous Landscape with a Pair of Lovers and a Sportsman

Attributed to Jacob Matham, Dutch, 1571 - 1631. After Roelant Savery, Flemish, 1576 - 1639.

Made in Netherlands, Europe

c. 1606

Engraving printed from two plates

Plate: 19 3/8 x 29 13/16 inches (49.2 x 75.7 cm) Sheet: 19 13/16 x 29 7/8inches (50.4 x 75.9cm)

Curatorial Department:
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs

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Currently not on view

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Credit Line:
The Muriel and Philip Berman Gift, acquired from the John S. Phillips bequest of 1876 to the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, with funds contributed by Muriel and Philip Berman, gifts (by exchange) of Lisa Norris Elkins, Bryant W. Langston, Samuel S. White 3rd and Vera White, with additional funds contributed by John Howard McFadden, Jr., Thomas Skelton Harrison, and the Philip H. and A.S.W. Rosenbach Foundation, 1985

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Although panoramic landscapes seem commonplace today, at the turn of the seventeenth century an oversized landscape without a specific narrative subject was unusual. Roelandt Savery's dramatic composition looks back to the sixteenth-century Flemish tradition in which rocky outcroppings and mountainous scenery are contrasted with broad valleys leading off into vast distances. Secular details such as the lovers at lower left and the huntsmen at right look ahead to the type of landscape painting that flourished in the Netherlands in the early seventeenth century.