The subject of our painting on a large panel is an interpretation of the biblical story from Luke's Gospel, an opportunity for the artist to enrich the landscape with characters and a story.
At the heart of a grove, the pilgrims on the way to Emmaus meet Christ. Among his three figures in the foreground on the right, Christ is recognizable thanks to his nimbus and his clothes (in Antwerp school paintings he is often depicted wearing a purple tunic and a red cloak). We see the astonishment of the two travelers who doubt the resurrection of their teacher. As it happens often, the landscape surrounding them resembles more wooded massifs of Flanders than the arid lands of Galilee. The artist integrates this biblical story in its contemporary era and in an environment full of life.
Thus the secondary scenes take place simultaneously in our work.
The hunter in the background on the right is aiming with a rifle for a bird hidden in the trees, while his dog waits patiently. On the left the little castle stands on a cliff and a serving maid descends the steps to take water in the river. A second hunter has set his eyes and a rifle on a heron. In the foreground in the center are two little rabbits frolicking without seeing the presence of hunters.
The artist has developed a perspective with two vanishing points, through openings on either side of a majestic central tree, which has the effect of spreading the landscape in width and bring depth to the composition thanks to the succession of plans. The pale-gray sky of the gray-white dissipates in the rocky mass with shades of blue-green, thus creating a fuzzy and foggy horizon line. The effects of light in the foliage of the central tree generate volumes through shades of the palette ranging from brown to yellow mixed with green. Our painting seduces with its typically Flemish palette with green-turquoise tones and the light treatment associated with the precision in the execution of the vegetation. In this landscape the artist transmits us not only his admiration for nature, but also his quest for happiness through the contemplation of the world.
17th century Antwerp School
Oil on oak cradled panel dimensions: h. 71 cm, l. 95 cm
Beautiful 17th century carved and giltwood frame.
Dimensions with the frame: h. 87 cm, l. 111 cm