Miniature landscape views embedded in more conventional paintings were not uncommon during the Renaissance, before landscape was established as a genre.
Farmyards crowded with people and their animals, from Paulus Potter to some less well-known Impressionists such as Henri Rouart.
More paintings by great artists who preceded JMW Turner, including James Ward, Thomas Girtin, Philip de Loutherbourg, John Crome, John Sell Cotman and John Constable.
Superb paintings by Bruegel, Samuel Palmer, Daubigny, Jules Breton, Anna Ancher, Félix Vallotton, and others.
From Dürer in about 1500, through van Ruisdael, Hobbema, Vernet, Girtin, to Constable watermills were popular in landscape art.
Loyal to their master or mistress, often to the point of self-sacrifice. Paintings by Titian, Rembrandt, Rubens, Velázquez, Courbet and Bonnard.
Are they part of a narrative, or staffage? Do they provide scale, or enhance the effect? Are the figures part of the landscape, or even the landscape itself?
What are accessories or ‘staffage’, what narrative, and what intrinsic to the reading and style of a landscape?
Celebrate the Christmas holiday with a review of many wonderful paintings of snow scenes.
His second vast canvas almost brings him to financial and artistic failure, but he recovers.