what this exhibition seeks to accomplish is to recognize and
explore this significant development in landscape imagery,"
said Paul. "These works provide a unique view of both
the artistic and cultural climate of the Netherlands in its
Golden Age." Among the earliest proponents were Pieter
Bruegel and the artist known as the Master of the Small Landscape.
Bruegel was noted for his Alpine landscapes while The Master
of the Small Landscape introduced the indigenous, often seemingly
unremarkable, landscape as a subject.
these early developments, the depiction of the natural landscape
blossomed into a distinct and influential genre. Numerous
artists followed the works of the Master of the Small Landscape
in depicting the countryside around them. The unremitting
flat and low horizon that distinguishes the Dutch countryside
typifies these images.
contrast, another group of artists followed the lead of Bruegel
and looked farther south, to Italy, for inspiration in its
rocky, mountainous terrain
this period, landscape prints were often published in series
so buyers could enjoy a vicarious trip through the local countryside
without leaving home. The University of Virginia Art museum
owns two complete series, one by Jan van de Velde, the other
by Claes Jansz Visscher, both in the exhibit. Other artists
featured in the exhibit include Hendrik Goudt, Allart van
Everdingen and Willem van Nieulandt.
University of Virginia Art Museum is open to the public without
charge Tuesday through Sunday, 1 to 5 p.m. Limited parking
is available for visitors behind the museum.
For more information about the exhibition or the University
of Virginia Art Museum, call (434) 924-3592.