Joos de Momper was enrolled as a master in the Antwerp guild as early as 1581. It is now certain that he went to Italy, where he painted frescoes in Rome, probably sometime in the 1580s. Klaus Ertz published this picture with a group of works he believes to be early in date, identifying in all of them the stylistic influence of both Gillis van Coninxloo and David Vinckboons.1
S. J. Gudlaugsson attributed the figures to David Vinckboons, although this was rejected in the exhibition catalogue of 1970 (see Exhibited)
on the grounds that the picture would then predate 1591, when Vinckboons moved to Amsterdam. On close inspection however, there is a strong case to be made for Vinckboons’ hand, see for example the quality of the horse and rider lower right, and the train of figures on the left which are closely related to the picture by Vinckboons now in the Herzog Anton Ulrich-Museum, Braunschweig.2
The arrangement of the wooden bridge at an angle in the foreground, steep slopes rising on the left, and the opening up of the landscape into a brightly-lit basin in the right background also relate directly to the picture in Braunschweig, which argues for Ertz's early dating of this work.
1. See Ertz, under Literature, pp. 350-363.
2. Mountain landscape with a jolly wedding party, oil on oak panel, 56.4 by 94.8 cm. See Klessman, under Literature, p. 214, cat. no. 91, reproduced.