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Hans Bol

River Landscape, 1578

Oil and tempera on canvas
18 5/16 × 29 5/16 in
46.5 × 74.5 cm
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles
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In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

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In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Gift of the Hearst Foundation Fund (46.16.16)

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Hans Bol
Flemish, 1534–1593
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One of the most successful Flemish landscapists of the 16th century, Hans Bol is best known for his intricately detailed watercolor miniatures, depicting mythical, allegorical, or biblical scenes that fuse naturalism with artifice. Apprenticed at the age of 14 to a painter of Waterschilderen—a method of painting large-scale watercolor or tempera scenes onto canvas—Bol also learned from his two painter uncles. When his own large watercolors were widely copied, Bol dedicated himself to miniatures, also producing works in oil, illuminated manuscripts, drawings, and engravings. His most famous work, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (c. 1580), takes as its theme the story from Ovid’s Metamorphosis, which Bol returned to in his work on several occasions.

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About the work
Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Gift of the Hearst Foundation Fund …

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In the collection of European Painting and Sculpture at LACMA.

Gift of the Hearst Foundation Fund (46.16.16)

Medium
Painting
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Image provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Hans Bol
Flemish, 1534–1593
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One of the most successful Flemish landscapists of the 16th century, Hans Bol is best known for his intricately detailed watercolor miniatures, depicting mythical, allegorical, or biblical scenes that fuse naturalism with artifice. Apprenticed at the age of 14 to a painter of Waterschilderen—a method of painting large-scale watercolor or tempera scenes onto canvas—Bol also learned from his two painter uncles. When his own large watercolors were widely copied, Bol dedicated himself to miniatures, also producing works in oil, illuminated manuscripts, drawings, and engravings. His most famous work, Landscape with the Fall of Icarus (c. 1580), takes as its theme the story from Ovid’s Metamorphosis, which Bol returned to in his work on several occasions.

Hans Bol

River Landscape, 1578

Oil and tempera on canvas
18 5/16 × 29 5/16 in
46.5 × 74.5 cm
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