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Paul Bril

Paul Bril (1554–1626)
Wooded Ravine with Distant Harbor View
Pen and brown ink, some point of brush, and brown, gray and blue washes, heightened with white bodycolor, on paper; framing line in pen and brown ink
7 1/4 x 10 13/16 inches (184 x 275 mm)
III, 144
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One of the most influential Northern artists working in Rome in the late sixteenth century, Bril is credited with founding the Italianate landscape tradition perfected in the next century by Claude Lorrain. This sheet is one of only about one hundred drawings by the artist, mostly finished landscapes, that have survived. The composition may have served as the model for a painting, now lost but recorded in a photograph.

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