As a young painter, Paul Bril travelled from Antwerp to Rome, where he became the most influential landscape painter of his day. Bril painted this landscape on copper, a base that is excellently suited to painting fine details.
On the left, we see St Jerome, who is praying and doing penance in solitude. It is an imaginary landscape, like those painted by Flemish artists in the sixteenth century. The colours run from brown, through green to blue, making the landscape appear to stretch into infinity.
Paul Bril (Antwerp or Breda c. 1553/1554 - 1626 Rome)
Mountainous Landscape with Saint Jerome
On view in
Material and technical details
25.7 x 32.8 cm
lower left: PB
Signed and dated
on the verso: PB / 1592 incised on the surface
Shillinglee Park, Chiddingfold, Surrey, Edward Turnour, 6th Earl Winterton Collection; sale London, Christie's, 12 December 1947, lot 43 (as by Jan Brueghel; for £399 to Hallsborough); J.C. Morris Collection; London, Mrs. M.Q. Morris Collection; sale London, Sotheby’s, 29 November 1961, lot 49 (with fig., for £3000 to A. Duits); sale London, Sotheby’s, 26 March 1969, lot 82; sale London, Christie’s, 4-5 December 2012, lot 5; Johnny Van Haeften Gallery, London; acquired with support from the Vriendenloterij and the Rembrandt Association, in association with the A.M. Roeters van Lennep Fund, and Mr H.B. van der Ven, 2013