Johann Heinrich Roos (Otterberg 1631-1685 Frankfurt-am-Main) Travellers with their livestock resting amid classical ruins 39 x 53in (99 x 134.6cm)

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Johann Heinrich Roos
(Otterberg 1631-1685 Frankfurt-am-Main)
Travellers with their livestock resting amid classical ruins 39 x 53in (99 x 134.6cm)

Sold for US$ 21,250 inc. premium
Johann Heinrich Roos (Otterberg 1631-1685 Frankfurt-am-Main)
Travellers with their livestock resting amid classical ruins
signed, inscribed and dated 'JHRoos fecit. 1662' (JHR in ligature, lower left)
oil on canvas
39 x 53in (99 x 134.6cm)

Footnotes

  • Roos was born in Germany, however, due to the Thirty Years War, his family left for Amsterdam when he was a young boy. At sixteen he began his artistic training, studying with the Dutch artists Guilliam du Gardijn, Cornelis de Bie and Barent Graat. But it was the painters Nicolaes Berchem and Karel Dujardin, both inspired by the Italian landscape, who in turn inspired Roos. While apparently Roos never travelled to Italy himself, he must have used engravings as well as the work of these two artists for help in describing the Campagna and its classical ruins to such excellent effect.

    After leaving Amsterdam, he worked at the court of Landgrave Ernest of Hesse as well as becoming court painter to Charles Ludwig, Elector of the Palatinate, in Heidelberg. Here, Roos painted portraits of the nobles and of middle class individuals, however, it was his pastoral idylls of herdsmen and travellers with their animals bathed in warm southern light, as is the case with the present picture, which found a ready audience.

    Roos was the founding father of five generations of painters working in Germany, the Netherlands, Italy and Austria, of whom Philipp Peter Roos, Rosa da Tivoli (1657-1706) and Jacob Roos, Rosa da Napoli (1682-1730) were two of his more prominent descendants.
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