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Mountain Landscape with Travelers

Landscape emerged as an important genre in the Low Countries during the seventeenth century, its popularity fueled by the desire of the prosperous middle classes for secular imagery. The Amsterdam painter, draftsman, and etcher Jan Hackaert was one of the finest landscape artists of the period, producing compositions inspired by his extensive travels in Switzerland. In this painting, a large tilting tree in the foreground dramatically bisects the composition. A serene lake at right offers a counter-point to the busy procession of travelers—painted by Hackaert’s collaborator Adriaen van de Velde (1636–1672)—at left.

Attributed to Jan Hackaert
Dutch, 1628-ca. 1685
Figures by Adriaen van de Velde
Dutch, 1636‒1672
Mountain Landscape with Travelers
ca. 1660s
Oil on canvas
54 1/8 x 70 1/8 in. (137.5 x 178.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Gift of Frederick Stafford, 60.37