Van Bloemen’s arcadian depictions of the Roman countryside were also in great demand from English Grand Tourists and many of his works came to England, including a set of landscapes acquired in Rome by 1715 by the 1st Earl of Leicester, still at Holkham Hall today, and a series of paintings now in the collection of the National Trust at Stourhead, Wiltshire.
Although Van Bloemen was more interested in capturing the atmosphere of the Roman campagna rather than being topographically accurate, many of his paintings include familiar Roman monuments, such as the distinctive Roman colosseum which dominates the distance of one of the present scenes; a similar view is repeated in an oval painting by the artist in the Palazzo Ruspoli, Rome.1 The present scenes are particularly fine examples of the artist’s work and come to the market for the first time in well over half a century.
1 A. Busiri Vici, Orizzonte, Rome 1974, no. 66, reproduced.
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