Landscape with Waterfall

Object Details

Title:

Landscape with Waterfall

Artist/Maker(s):

Roelandt Savery (Flemish, 1576 - 1639)

Culture:

Flemish

Date:

early 1620s

Medium:

Black chalk and brush and red wash

Dimensions:

31.9 x 41.1 cm (12 9/16 x 16 3/16 in.)

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The waterfall, the elaborate rock formation, and the remains of a round temple in the distance--these elements all recur throughout Roelandt Savery's work. In the tradition of Gillis van Coninxloo, Savery believed that nature was more than merely a backdrop to human action; it could be the dramatic focus of a picture.

Roelandt Savery probably drew this setting from his imagination, based on places he had seen on his travels in the Tyrol, a mountainous region in Austria and Italy. During the early 1600s, while in the service of Emperor Rudolph II in Prague, Savery traveled extensively in the eastern Alps, gathering many of the motifs he would use in his pictures for the rest of his life. Savery made his early travel drawings using the same materials he often combined, the black chalk and colored wash seen in this drawing.

Exhibitions
European Landscape Drawings of the 15th through 19th Century (October 6 to December 13, 1992)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum, (Malibu), October 6 to December 13, 1992
Paper Art: Finished Drawings in Holland 1590-1800 (September 6 to November 20, 2005)
  • The J. Paul Getty Museum at the Getty Center, (Los Angeles), September 6 to November 20, 2005
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