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Jan van Scorel's role in introducing the accomplishments of Italian art in Holland was already recognized by his contemporaries. He was among the first Dutch artists to visit Italy, one of several destinations on a six-year journey (1518-1524) which also included the Holy Land. In Rome, he studied the works of Renaissance artists and absorbed an idealized, classicizing figure style. The rich color and expansive conception of his landscapes owe much to the influence of Venetian art.
A man who wants to become an artist must visit Rome. He must also have produced many paintings in the style of this school . . . , before he may be regarded honestly an artist.-Karel van Mander, Het Schilder-Boek, 1604