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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Italianate landscape painting is an art term in landscape painting which refers to Dutch landscape painters who painted an often idealized version of Italian landscapes.

Adam Pynacker, Jan Both, Jan Baptist Weenix, Nicolaes Berchem and Jan Asselyn are considered examples of an Italianate landscape painters.

These paintings were typically set in more mountainous settings than are found in the Netherlands, with golden light, and sometimes picturesque Mediterranean staffage and ruins. Not all the artists who specialized in these had visited Italy. Jan Both (d. 1652), who had been to Rome and worked with Claude Lorrain, was a leading developer of the sub-genre, which influenced the work of many painters of landscapes with Dutch settings, such as Aelbert Cuyp. Other artists who consistently worked in the style were Nicolaes Berchem (1620–1683) and Adam Pijnacker. Italianate landscapes were popular as prints, and more paintings by Berchem were reproduced in engravings during the period itself than those of any other artist.

Though often young Northern European artists were encouraged to visit Italy to experience Italian light, many artists could make their living selling 'Italianate landscapes' without ever bothering to make the trip. Indeed, certain styles were so popular that they became formulas that could be copied again and again.


  • Dutch 17th Century Italianate Landscape Painters by Albert Blankert

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