|Title||Classical Landscape of a Hill Town with Mother and Child|
|Alternative Title||A Mountainous Landscape with Figures by a Pool, a Mother Nursing a Baby, and a Man by a Pool, a Ruined Tower and Fortified Village on a Hill Top Beyond|
|Collection||University of Liverpool Art Gallery|
|Artist|| Attributed to manner of Bloemen, Jan Frans van (Flemish painter, 1662-1749, active in France and Italy)
Previously attributed to Locatelli, Andrea (Italian painter, 1695-1741)
|Date Earliest||probably 1700|
|Date Latest||probably 1775|
|Description||Although certain features of the painting, such as the shepherd family in the foreground, are reminiscent of the paintings of Jan van Bloemen (1662-1749), the distinctive hill town is not found in his recognised oeuvre, indicating the presence of a later follower. Van Bloemen was born in Antwerp but moved to Rome where he gained great success with such idealised classical views based on the countryside around Rome, and the work of seventeenth-century artists Gaspard Dughet and Nicolas Poussin. Several of van Bloemen's pupils, including Francesco Oelefe, Gabriele Ricciardelli and Nicolo Bonito, continued to work in this popular format.|
|Current Accession Number||535|
|Subject||landscape; figure; buildings and gardens; animal (goats, horse, sheep)|
|Measurements||99 x 89 cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Unknown, before 1971.|
|Publications||Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain, London, 1976, pp. 245, 119, as Classical Landscape by Andrea Locatelli.|
Unable to examine reverse.
Attributed to Locatelli in Sotheby's insurance report, 1987, with title A Classical Landscape with Figures by a Pool. Attributed to Bloemen in Sotheby's insurance report, 1997, with title A Mountainous Landscape with Figures by a Pool, a Mother Nursing a Baby, and a Man by a Pool, a Ruined Tower and Fortified Village on a Hill Top Beyond.
For the shepherd family motif see A. Busiri-Vici, Jans Fran van Bloemen: Orrizonte, Rome, 1973, cat no. 123. Although the hill town is reminiscent of Locatelli's hilly landscapes, the motive of the family appears to be absent in his work, see A. Busiri-Vici, Andrea Locatelli, Rome, 1974.
The work does not appear in Walker Art Gallery, Foreign Schools Catalogue, Liverpool, 1963-66.
|Rights Owner||University of Liverpool Art Gallery and Collections|
|Author||Dr Phillippa Plock|