landscape with mountains and city on the water at Left, trees at Right; Madonna and Child, donkey and three other figures in Lower Right Corner

Imaginary Landscape, after 1600

Reduced to ant-like scale, the Madonna and child serve as mere measuring sticks for gauging the vast wilderness surrounding them on their way to Egypt. The heightened perspective, peering into the valley in the background, also helps reveal the daunting immensity of the landscape. In the theology of nature, which was very popular in early modern Europe, the so-called infinite landscape was interpreted as a revelation of God.

Details
Title
Imaginary Landscape
Artist Life
1568 - 1625
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2006.123
Curator Approved

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landscape with mountains and city on the water at Left, trees at Right; Madonna and Child, donkey and three other figures in Lower Right Corner