Monday, January 4, 2010

Landscapes With Ruins

Jan Asselijn was a Dutch Baroque Era Painter (c.1615-1652) who was specialized in landscapes. Like many of the artists of his time he traveled to Italy and must have been very impressed by the Roman ruins there.

His Italian landscape paintings are normally dominated by these enormous ruins. They seem to be a part of nature but also witnesses of a greater and glorious past.

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