Image Resources | Currently on View in William L. and Jane H. Fortune Gallery (H214)

Landscape with Gypsies and Washerwomen

Alessandro Magnasco (Italian, 1667-1749)


In this brooding landscape, populated by gypsies and washerwomen, Magnasco contrasts industry and idleness, civilization and nature. His highly individual manner of painting-sketchily brushed, with flickering effects of light and shadow-lends a peculiar sense of anguish and impermanence to the scene.

This type of landscape, in which the human condition finds its reflection in nature, was popularized by Salvator Rosa during the 17th century.  It was seen by contemporaries as the antithesis of the ideal landscape tradition articulated by Claude.

Object Information

artist
Alessandro Magnasco (Italian, 1667-1749)
creation date
about 1705-1710
materials
oil on canvas
dimensions
33-3/8 x 40-3/4 in.
41-1/8 x 48-5/8 in. (framed)
accession number
50.63
credit line
James E. Roberts Fund
copyright
Public Domain
collection
European Painting and Sculpture Before 1800
colors