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View of the Tiber with Country Landscape, c. 1645
199 x 280 mm.; 7 3/4 x 11 inches
Bartsch 7 III/IV (from VI)
A very fine, early impression with the name of the artist, but before the addition of a number. This is one of a series of Both landscape etchings based on scenes in the vicinity of Rome.
Ackley (Clifford S. Ackley, Printmaking the Age of Rembrandt, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, 1981, p. 176) notes that these landscape etchings by Both were probably executed in the Netherlands after Both’s return from Italy in 1641 and he also adds that:
…In the etchings, one finds Both searching for the black and white equivalent of the golden haze of southern light that vaporizes or makes the forms of the landscape translucent in the artist’s paintings. Here the slanting open parallel shading lines of the bank and vegetation suggest not only the translucency of the shadows but also the path of the sun’s rays.