Forest Landscape with a Distant Castle

Object Details

Title:

Forest Landscape with a Distant Castle

Artist/Maker(s):

Denys van Alsloot (Flemish, 1570 - 1628)

Culture:

Flemish

Place(s):

Netherlands (Place created)

Date:

1608

Medium:

Pen and brown ink and brush and brown and blue-gray wash

Dimensions:

20.3 x 27.6 cm (8 x 10 7/8 in.)

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This tranquil landscape with buildings in the distance is a symphony of varied lines enhanced by a delicate use of wash. Denys van Alsloot's fragile line ranges from the elegant curves of the tree trunks to squiggles suggesting leaves to almost dotlike notations for the grasses in the marsh at the center. Alsloot, official painter to the Brussels court, often created imaginary scenes like this one, including castles and abbeys seen in the nearby forest of Soignes.

A central clump of trees clearly divides the scene; at right, trees surround a path, and to the left a river meanders through rocks and mountains, stretching into a panoramic view. At least two of Alsloot's paintings show the same composition in mirror image.

Exhibitions
Flemish Drawings in the Age of Rubens (October 15 to November 28, 1993)
  • Wellesley College Museum, (Wellesley), October 15 to November 28, 1993
Flemish Drawings of the Sixteenth and Seventeenth Centuries (August 29 to November 12, 1995)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), August 29 to November 12, 1995
Peter Paul Rubens and the Art of Drawing in Flanders (August 29 to October 22, 2000)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), August 29 to October 22, 2000
Drawing the Landscape: 1500 - 1800 (January 23 to April 15, 2001)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), January 23 to April 15, 2001
Recent Acquisitions in Context (November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), November 24, 2009 to February 28, 2010
Drawing in the Age of Rubens (October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), October 14, 2014 to January 11, 2015