Extensive Landscape (1666)
About this artwork
Koninck often adopted a high viewpoint for his panoramas of the Dutch countryside, as he did here. His observations from nature, which inspired the detail in his paintings, gave credibility to such largely imaginary scenes, and recall the character of his native Gelderland. The undulating slopes with shadows of the clouds above, clumps of trees and stretches of water lead the eye across the land to the distant horizon. Koninck’s paintings were highly regarded by contemporaries and commanded high prices.
- title: Extensive Landscape
- accession number: NG 2434
- artist: Philips KoninckDutch (1619 - 1688)
- gallery: On Loan
- object type: Painting
- medium: Oil on canvas
- date created: 1666
- measurements: 91.00 x 111.80 cm (framed: 132.08 x 111.76 x 5.72 cm)
- credit line: Purchased by Private Treaty 1986
- photographer: Antonia Reeve
Although Koninck produced some portraits and history scenes, he established his name as a painter and draughtsman of panoramic landscapes. These combined naturalistic detail with imaginary vistas, yet always conveying the character of the Dutch countryside. Based in Amsterdam, he was influenced by Rembrandt’s landscapes. Koninck’s financial security, through his ownership of ferry services and an inn, meant that he was not dependent on painting for a living and, therefore, free to pursue his own interests. Cosimo III de Medici, the Grand Duke of Tuscany, bought Koninck’s self-portrait for the painters' gallery in the Uffizi, Florence.