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Landscape with Arched Gateway

PYNACKER, Adam (c.1620 - 1673)

Landscape with Arched Gateway

Date: 1654 c.

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 99 x 129.5 cm

Acquired: 2002; Purchase; jointly with the National Trust, with assistance of Art Fund

Accession Number: NMW A 23191

Adam Pynacker was one of a group of Dutch landscape artists who visited Italy in the mid-17th century where, like Richard Wilson a century later, they were inspired by the warm light of the Roman Campagna. Collectively they are known as the Dutch Italianates. Pynacker was one of the principal exponents of this style. The National Museum & Gallery has few examples of the work of the Dutch Italianates, a large painting by Jan Asselijin in this gallery being an exception.

Pynacker travelled in Italy from c.1645, returning to Holland by 1652. This work dates from shortly after his return and is probably a pair to Sunny Landscape with River and High Mountains, now in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. The composition includes some of his favourite motifs, such as the broken tree trunk in the foreground. Technical examination has revealed that Pynacker originally intended to show cattle emerging through the archway and one cow is still faintly visible. Conservation has removed discoloured layers of varnish to reveal fully the warm tones of his Italianate light.

The picture formed part of the collection of Old Master paintings assembled by the slate magnate Edward Douglas-Pennant, 1st Lord Penrhyn (1800-1886). Many of his paintings remain at Penrhyn Castle, near Bangor, now a property of the National Trust. Its joint acquisition with the Trust enables the National Museum & Gallery to display a fine Dutch Italianate painting on a regular basis, and to highlight the most important art collection formed in Wales during the 19th century. It will be shown here for five years and will then alternate between Penrhyn and Cardiff. It will also be included in the loan exhibition 'Great Landscapes from the National Museum & Gallery' at the Victoria Art Gallery, Bath from 3 May until 8 July and subsequently at the Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy.

17 July 2015, 22:39
Fantastic to see this lovely painting on show after it's sojourn in Penrhyn. I think It compares well with many of the best Italianate works at the Dulwich Picture Gallery.
Brian Armstrong
11 May 2015, 21:23
Are there any further developments on the return of this painting to Cardiff. It would give us a much better representation of the Dutch Golden Age.
Brian Armstrong
28 November 2014, 10:29
Dear Sir/Madam,

With so few Dutch landscapes in the collection, it would be wonderful to have this work by one of the greatest exponents of the Italianate style back in the Museum to complement the work by Asselijin.

Perhaps in the future, funding permitting, the acquisition of an example of either, or even better still both the Dutch Golden Age Tonal and Classical landscape styles might be considered, to enable a more complete appreciation of the pivotal importance of the Dutch 17th C masters.


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