Italianate landscape painting

It is the Dutch artists of the 17th century who elevate the landscape to an independent topic of painting and thereby orientate themselves on the model of real nature. Above all, in addition to different types of landscape, on their travels to Italy they discover the glistening sunlight of the South, which become characteristic of their landscape depictions. This markedly bright manner of painting contrasts with the dark character of Dutch painting. The Art historian terminology for this style is Italianate.

Jan Asselijn, Coastal scene with resting riders, c. 1651/1652. Vienna, The Paintings Gallery of the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna.