"Pieter Van Bloemen (1674-1720), Rome View With A Country Scene In Campovaccino"Painting depicting "View of Rome with the Campovaccino countryside scene from the ancient Roman Forum", high-qualit work by PIETER VAN BLOEMEN DETTO "THE STANDARD" (Antwerp, 1657-1720)
oil on canvas, 76 x 104 cm.
Private collection, Rome
Rome Expertise Prof. G. Sestieri (Roma)
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Representative and typical testimony of Pieter van Bloemen (Antwerp 1657 - 1720), especially his stay in Rome, this evocative "scene with views of Rome" exposes us on a subject which is agreeable to him, which we find at another time in his catalog. , with similar but varied inventions of the present. It was precisely during his long stay in Rome, from 1687 to 1692, that he reached the culmination of his career, gaining flattering successes, also thanks to the decorations adorned with Roman ruins, confirmed by the presence of various of his works in "Roman Aristocracy. To be suspended from this work, another Van Bloemen painting is available, of equal size for the same subject, as well as for the same stylistic and compositional characteristics. This beautiful painting, which is an interesting addition to the catalog of the Flemish master's works, represents a daily scene between the ancient buildings of Campovaccino in which are recognized the remains of the basilica of Constantine and Santa Francesca Romana, whose left corner is visible . The Roman setting is typical of the works of Pieter van Bloemen, in which it is not so much the archaeological spirit to do as much as the desire to recreate an atmosphere at once majestic and humble, in what Busiri Vici calls "the most happy combination of a solemn romance with this almost peasant sense. "The great success and diffusion that Van Bloemen's subjects have had in Italy is attested by the body of his paintings preserved in museums and private collections. of our painting is kept at the Museum of Art and History of Lille, with the pendant representing the storm of Vesta (see Busiri Vici 1981, pp. 111-114, 9-10) Another editorial of the same subject was recently put on the market in Amsterdam (canvas, 85.3 x 120.4 cm, Christie's, November 16, 2005, lot 93), and presents variations in the architecture of the background, as well as in figures and animals Pieter is clearly tied to the Flemish style, while revealing itself Italian in the type of landscape and stylistic behavior. While his brother Jan Frans specializes in the pure classical-inspired landscape, Pieter combines it in a shocking manner, preferring campaign scenarios to ancient ruins that serve as a backdrop to simple daily activities: horses to drink, workers to work, rest pedestrians in hostels, markets. The interest in animals stems from the constant presence, as well as horses, goats, oxen and crouching goats, which in fact also offer protagonists occupying the band of the first floor, according to a pattern of composition rather usual at Van Bloemen.
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