The exhibition focuses on a pivotal point in art history when landscape became a genre in its own right. It was in Rome, in the first half of the 17th century that the history of landscape painting began in earnest.
Landscapes had, till then, simply fulfilled a decorative the development of Naturalism in Northern Europe; the development of landscapes in the neo-Venitian style in Rome between 1620 and 1630; the popularity of the Bamboccianti's painted genre scenes; the success of topographic landscapes and architectural caprices; and finally the outstanding ability to capture light and atmospheric effects.
The exhibition is organised by the Réunion des musées nationaux, and the Louvre and Prado Museums.
General Commissioner in Paris: Stéphane Loire, head curator at the Paintings Department of the Louvre Museum.
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