|Title||Classical Landscape with the Tomb of Cecilia Metella|
|Alternative Title||Classical Landscape; Classical Landscape (with groups of figures and buildings in a landscape)|
|Collection||Plymouth City Museum and Art Gallery|
|Artist||Attributed to Bloemen, Jan Frans van (Flemish painter, 1662-1749, active in France and Italy) and studio|
|Date Earliest||possibly about 1690|
|Date Latest||possibly about 1720|
|Description||The structure and subject of this painting is typical of the neoclassical academic landscapes developed in France and Italy in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. Such images were fictitious, carefully composed in the studio after lengthy preparation. A number of features in this painting appear in others by Jan Frans van Bloemen. The large building in the centre, for example, was used a number of times by the artist and has been identified as the tomb of Cecilia Metella. The ill-defined nature of the various figures, however, may suggest that the work was produced by the artist's studio.|
|Current Accession Number||Plymg:1946.15|
|Measurements||74.6 x 99.5 cm cm (estimate)|
|Material||oil on canvas|
|Acquisition Details||Given by R. L. Norrington 1946.|
A similar composition is used in Orizzonte, A Landscape with a Hill Town, Sotheby's, London, 13 July 1977, lot 7.
Back of frame: old label handwritten in brown ink, 'Stored with Mark Rowe & sons Exeter 48'; 'Morely'. Needs cleaning to confirm attirbution and subject content.
Significant research was carried out by Melanie Blake and Maureen Attrill with the help of a Pilgrim Trust Grant.
R. L. Norrington, Plymouth.
|Rights Owner||Plymouth City Museum & Art Gallery|
|Author||Dr Anne L. Cowe|