Classical Landscape with a Pool and Distant Buildings

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Title

Classical Landscape with a Pool and Distant Buildings

Description

Dughet was a French painter active in Rome, also called Le Guaspre or Gaspard Poussin as he was the brother-in-law of Nicholas Poussin. A Baroque landscape painter, his works are set in the Roman Campagna, and his style combines elements from Poussin and Claude Lorrain. He was particularly popular with English travelers on the Grand Tour. Boisclair’s catalogue raisonné lists over 400 works by Dughet as well as several hundred copies and imitations by other artists.

This work is typical of his serene style and his love of both nature and the peacefulness of country life. A rutted road leads the eye to a lake and an Italian town (with red tile rooves and medieval tower) on its far shore. Trees frame the scene funneling the gaze to distant snowy mountains and a cloud-filled sky. A classical nude in a loin cloth with a stick lounges in the foreground on the right. Farther along the road, a woman kneels and beseeches a woman with a basket laden with produce who is passing by. On the other side of the road, a man tends to a semi-nude figure, perhaps a reference to the Good Samaritan story? (However, Good Samaritan paintings ascribed to Dughet (Boisclair cats. 64, 122, and R158) always include an ass and no additional figures.) Figures wear the tunics of Roman antiquity, or in the case of the man on the left, of contemporary times. Many of Dughet’s paintings have explicitly antique or biblical themes, but many are simply landscape views with miscellaneous staffage.

Creator

Gaspard Dughet (French, active Italy, 1615-1675)

Source

Picker Art Gallery, Colgate University, Hamilton, NY

Date

ca. 1660

Contributor

Purchase of the Dr. Harvey Picker '36 Fund

Format

33 1/2 x 26 1/2 in.

Medium

Oil on canvas

Type

Paintings

Identifier

2000.10

Bibliographic Citation

Boisclair, Marie-Nicole. Gaspard Dughet, sa vie et son oeuvre : 1615-1675. Paris : Arthéna, 1986.

The Picker Art Gallery Journal 5, no. 4 (2000-2001):17, fig. 9 (as 2000.64).

Spatial Coverage

French

Temporal Coverage

17th century

Collection

Citation

Gaspard Dughet (French, active Italy, 1615-1675), “Classical Landscape with a Pool and Distant Buildings,” Selected Old Masters from the Picker Art Gallery, accessed April 28, 2017, http://pickeroldmasters.omeka.net/items/show/66.