Saturday, October 6, 2012

Flemish Influences - Paul Bril in Amsterdam and in Rome

Self portrait by Paul Bril.
"Fantastic Mountain Landscape" by Paul Bril, he uses the same ultramarine blue as Jan Breughel the Elder did in that one spectacular painting of the sailboats.
"Jonah and the Whale" by Paul Bril.
"The Voyage of Jonah" by Paul Bril. "Paul also did small cabinet paintings on copper, some of which are signed with a pair of glasses (a pun on the Flemish word 'bril' which means 'glasses'). A prolific draftsman, his drawings were popular with collectors and were copied by the many students who worked with him in his studio, which was a popular destination for Netherlandish artists visiting Rome. He often collaborated on paintings with Johann Rottenhammer, who according to a dealer's letter of 1617 painted the figures in Venice and then sent the plates to Rome for Bril to complete the landscape. He also collaborated with his friends Jan Brueghel the Elder and Adam Elsheimer, whom he both influenced and was influenced by. His collaboration with Elsheimer is shown in a painting now in Chatsworth House. Agostino Tassi may have been Paul's pupil. Tassi later became the master of Claude Lorrain. The Bril Brothers form one of the links between the panoramic views of Joachim Patenier, and the ideal landscape evolved by Nicolas Poussin and Claude Lorrain. In 1621, Bril became head of the Accademia di San Luca, the artists' academy in Rome." Both Jan Breughel the Elder and Nicolas Poussin are mentioned in connection with Paul Bril.

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