Italian landscape with blacksmiths at the entrance of a mountain village
Dutch School of the XVIIth century, attributed to Andries Dirksz. Both
Oil on canvas of 108 cm by 83 cm
Frame of 124 cm by 99 cm
Andries Dirksz. Both (Utrecht, 1612 or 1613 - Venice, 23 March 1642), is the brother of Jan Both, painter and draftsman of Dutch genre scenes (United Provinces) of the Golden Age. He was one of the first Bamboccianti.
Around 1632, he went to Italy with his brother, after staying in Rouen and Lyon. He arrived in Venice, then from 1635 and until 1641, in Rome. There he first shared a workshop with Jan Van Causteren, a painter also from Utrecht. He was then joined by his brother Jan in 1638, and they lived together at Via Vittoria in the parish of San Lorenzo in Lucina. If they were members of the Bentvueghels *. In Rome, they had the opportunity to know Pieter Van Laer, who was active in the city around the same time, between 1624 and 1639, and whose influence is visible on the work of Andries. They were also able to attend the Accademia di San Luca.
In 1642, while the two brothers were traveling together to return to the Netherlands, Andries Both, returning from a party, drowned in a canal in Venice.
Andries Both painted and drew mainly genre scenes, street scenes, or located in inns or modest interiors. His work is marked by his humorous and excessive side, mixed with an objective vision of the raw reality, representing in broad strokes the undertones of Italian life. This kind of painting, known as "bambochade" (in Italian bambocciata) - according to the nickname of the one who was originally, Pieter Van Laer, known as Il Bamboccio, "Bamboche" or "Pantin", because of his physical deformity, depicted scenes from the life of the little people, which the aristocracy, accustomed to a more idealized artistic style, often regarded as grotesque or even shocking.
* ... is the name of a kind of fraternity consisting essentially of artists, active in Rome, whose members came mainly from the Netherlands North and South. It existed from about 1620 to 1720.
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