This painting is a later copy after the work by Jean François Millet, datable to around 1670, in the Alte Pinakothek in Munich (inv. no. 400).1 Millet was a Flemish-French landscape painter who specialised in Italianate landscapes, such as the present work, influenced by the likes of the classicising French Baroque artists Nicolas Poussin and Gaspard Dughet.
Fascinatingly, according to the Dutch artist and biographer, Arnold Houbraken, Millet himself was an extremely accomplished copyist. He spent most of his short life in Paris and began his career by making copies after Old Masters and contemporary painters for the collector Everard Jabach (1618–95). Jabach's inventory drawn up at his death in 1695 records Millet's copies after works by the Carracci family, Guido Reni, Titian, Giulio Romano, and Poussin (which explains that artist's lasting influence on Millet's original paintings). Houbraken records Millet's remarkable memory for paintings and their details - he was apparently able to reproduce artworks extraordinarily quickly and accurately without needing to look at the original more than once!
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