Dutch Golden Age. Landscape with figures. Genre. In the foreground, a group of men playing ancient Dutch game of 'kolven' (golf). Middle distance, tower surrounded by a wall. In the distance, cottages and mountains. Rocky landscape to immediate left.

Landscape with Men Playing 'Mail à la Chicane', 1624

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Paul Bril was born into a family of artists in Antwerp, now the second-largest city in Belgium. Around 1580, he moved permanently to Rome, where he worked initially as a fresco painter in the Vatican. Gradually, he shifted from the Flemish painting traditions of his homeland to more classical compositions, filled with ruins and bucolic figures and imbued with a calmer, pastoral sentiment. These idealized landscapes made him famous and profoundly influenced Claude Lorrain, a French painter who moved to Rome around the time of Bril’s death, in 1626, and became the quintessential landscape painter of his time.

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Bril, Landscape (#673)
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Title
Landscape with Men Playing 'Mail à la Chicane'
Artist Life
1554–1626
Role
Artist
Accession Number
40.3
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Dutch Golden Age. Landscape with figures. Genre. In the foreground, a group of men playing ancient Dutch game of 'kolven' (golf). Middle distance, tower surrounded by a wall. In the distance, cottages and mountains. Rocky landscape to immediate left.