Schleier proposes that this painting is a youthful work, possibly from the 1620s, when the artist painted two small landscapes on panel for the Sacchetti brothers.2 These panels, now in the Capitoline Gallery in Rome, show a coastal landscape and a wooded river landscape. Schleier further points to similarities with the Allumiere di Tolfa, also in the Capitoline Gallery, in which the rock formations are handled in a comparable way to the present work.
1 See N. Turner, Roman Baroque Drawings, c. 1620 to c. 1700, London 1999, vol. I, pp. 54–55, cat. nos 82 and 83, reproduced vol. II.
2 See S. Guarino, in Pietro da Cortona, A. Lo Bianco (ed.), exh. cat., Milan 1997, pp. 326–27, cat. nos 29 and 30, reproduced.
3 Ibid., p. 328, cat. no. 31, reproduced.
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