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Francesco Zuccarelli (Pitigliano 1702-Florence 1788)

Landscape with Classical Ruins, Cattle and Figures c.1741-42

Oil on canvas | 81.3 x 114.3 cm | RCIN 404376

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This painting and its pair, also hanging on this wall, are pastiches of Dutch seventeenth-century landscape painting. In this case the work of Nicolaes Berchem (1620–83), with shepherds and herdsmen in warmly lit southern landscapes, is especially clear. Smith purchased Pellegrini’s collection of Dutch paintings from the artist’s widow in about 1741, an acquisition which may have inspired him to commission the pair.