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Landscape with a Church beside a Lake

Accession Number
1958/2.53

Title
Landscape with a Church beside a Lake

Artist(s)
Crescenzio Onofrij

Object Creation Date
1675-1689

Medium & Support
pen and ink on laid paper

Dimensions
23 7/16 x 16 3/16 in. (59.4 x 41.1 cm);17 7/8 x 24 3/8 in. (45.4 x 61.91 cm)

Credit Line
Museum Purchase

Subject matter
Crescenzio Onofri was trained in his hometown of Rome in the school of the painter Gaspard Dughet, who was himself trained by the famous French artist Nicolas Poussin. The classicizing influence of Dughet and Claude Lorraine can be seen in the careful balancing of elements and the measured distribution of light within Onofri's drawing. While Onofri probably drew inspiration from the Italian countryside--the church in the middle ground, for instance, shows architectural features particular to the region around Rome--the view itself was certainly one that Onofri constructed from his imagination.

Physical Description
This drawing depicts a serene landscape. A road running alongside a stream appears in the foreground among rocky outcrops, thick vegetation and bushy trees. The vista opens out in the middle ground and includes a lake at the right with a church standing on its shores at the left. A town is visible on the far shore of the lake and low mountains rise in the distance.

Primary Object Classification
Drawing

Primary Object Type
landscape

Collection Area
Western

Rights
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Keywords
churches (buildings)
drawing (image-making)
lakes (bodies of water)
landscapes (representations)
roads
streams

2 Related Resources

Christian Churches
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)
Religious Buildings
(Part of 2 Learning Collections)

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