A Panoramic Landscape

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A Panoramic Landscape


Philips Koninck (Dutch, 1619 - 1688)






Oil on canvas


138.4 x 166.4 cm (54 1/2 x 65 1/2 in.)

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Seen from a high vantage point, this panoramic view of a Dutch landscape seems to extend into a limitless distance. Sweeping clouds dominate the dramatic sky, emphasizing the low flat expanse of the land below. Patches of sunlight illuminate the water, trees, and buildings of a broad plain traversed by a winding river.

Philips Koninck specialized in painting panoramic views of his native countryside. Although the view seems convincing, he composed this imaginary landscape from various raw elements of nature, playing with expressive lighting and perspective upon a natural stage. The view assumes a point of view high above the earth, which did not exist in the flat land of Holland.

by 1887 - 1898

Charles Henry Mills, first baron Hillingdon, 1830 - 1898 (London, England), by inheritance to Charles William Mills, 1898.

1898 - 1919

Charles William Mills, second baron Hillingdon, 1855 - 1919 (London, England), by inheritance to Arthur Robert Mills, 1919.

1919 - 1952

Arthur Robert Mills, third baron Hillingdon, 1891 - 1952 (London, England), by inheritance to Charles Hedworth Mills, 1952.

1952 - 1955

Charles Hedworth Mills, fourth baron Hillingdon, 1922 - 1978 (London, England)


Edward Speelman, Ltd. (London, England), sold to Emil Georg Bührle, 1955.

1955 - 1956

Emil Georg Bührle, Swiss, 1890 - 1956 (Zürich, Switzerland), by inheritance to his heirs, 1956.

1956 - 1985

Heirs of Emil Georg Bührle, Swiss, 1890 - 1956 (Zürich, Switzerland), sold through Edward Speelman, Ltd. (London, England) to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1985.

Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters, and by Deceased Masters of the British School [...] (1887) (Cat. 72)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1887
Dutch Pictures 1450 - 1750 (1952 to 1953) (Cat. 269)
  • Royal Academy of Arts (London), 1952 to 1953
Sammlung Emil G. Bührle (June 7 to September 30, 1958) (Cat. 75)
  • Kunsthaus Zürich, (Zurich), June 7 to September 30, 1958
Hauptwerke der Sammlung Emil Georg Bührle - Zürich (December 5, 1958 to February 15, 1959) (Cat. 90)
  • Haus der Kunst (Munich), December 5, 1958 to February 15, 1959
Rembrandt after Three Hundred Years (October 25, 1969 to April 5, 1970) (Cat. 74)
  • The Art Institute of Chicago, October 25 to December 7, 1969
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, (Minneapolis), December 22, 1969 to February 1, 1970
  • The Detroit Institute of Arts, (Detroit), February 24 to April 5, 1970
Great Dutch Paintings from America (September 28, 1990 to May 5, 1991) (Cat. 38)
  • Mauritshuis, (The Hague), September 28, 1990 to January 13, 1991
  • The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco, February 16 to May 5, 1991

Exhibition of Works by the Old Masters, and by Deceased Masters of the British School [...], exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy, 1887), p. 19, no. 72.

Gerson, Horst. Philips Koninck: ein Beitrag zur erforschung der holländischen Malerei des XVII. Jahrhunderts: mit vollständigem Oeuvrekatalog (1936; repr., Berlin: Gebr. Mann Verlag, 1980), p. 113, no. 97.

Winter Exhibition, 1952-3. Dutch Pictures, 1450-1750, exh. cat. (London: Royal Academy of Arts, 1952), p. 55, no. 269.

Gerson, Horst. "Dutch Landscape." The Burlington Magazine 95, no. 599 (February 1953), p. 48.

Sammlung Emil G. Bührle, exh. cat. (Zurich: Kunsthaus, 1958), pp. 68, 192, no. 75, pl. 24.

Hauptwerke der Sammlung Emil Georg Bührle-Zürich, exh. cat. (Munich: Haus der Kunst, 1958), p. 32, no. 90.

MacLaren, Neil. The Dutch School (London: The National Gallery, 1960), p. 211, under no. 836.

Plietzsch, Eduard. Holländische und flämische Maler des XVII. Jahrh. (Leipzig: Veb E. A. Seemann Verlag, 1960), p. 111.

"Autres acquisitions ou dons récents." La Chronique des arts: supplément à la Gazette des beaux-arts, 6th ser., 107, no. 1406 (March 1986), p. 62.

"Acquisitions/1985." The J. Paul Getty Museum Journal 14 (1986), pp. 217-18, no. 123, ill.

Sutton, Peter C. A Guide to Dutch Art in America (Grand Rapids, MI: Wm. B. Eerdmans, 1986), p. 145, fig. 211.

Hoving, Thomas. "Money and Masterpieces." Connoisseur 216, no. 899 (December 1986), p. 98.

Reinewald, Chris. "Musea en Galeries in Amerika. Het Getty Museum: Een Romeinse villa aan de Pacific Coast." Tableau 9, no. 4 (February 1987), p. 65.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Masterpieces of Painting in the J. Paul Getty Museum. Rev. ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1988), unpaginated, no. 28, ill.

Broos, Ben, et al. Great Dutch Paintings from America, exh. cat. (The Hague: Mauritshuis, 1990), pp. 314-17, no. 38, ill., entry by Ben Broos.

Conisbee, Philip, Mary L. Levkoff, and Richard Rand. The Ahmanson Gifts: European Masterpieces in the Collection of the Los Angeles County Museum of Art (Los Angeles: Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1991), pp. 158, 160, fig. 41a, under no. 41, entry by Richard Rand.

Brown, Christopher. Review of Great Dutch Paintings from America. The Hague and San Francisco. The Burlington Magazine 133, no. 1057 (April 1991), p. 283.

Koch-Hillebrecht, Manfred. Museen in den USA: Gemälde (Munich: Hirmer Verlag, 1992), p. 279.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 68, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Museum Handbook of the Collections. 6th ed. (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 2001), p. 121, ill.

Education Resources

Education Resource




Postcards from the Wilderness

Students create a postcard of a landscape using rubbings to create texture, and write a letter on the postcard describing their landscape.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts


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Looking at Landscapes Lesson 3: Postcards

Students write a postcard about their favorite landscape.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; ESL (English as a Second Language)

Adult Learners

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Students make connections between their personal experiences and landscapes.

Visual Arts; English–Language Arts; ESL (English as a Second Language)

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