Herman Saftleven

An animated Rhine landscape

Born in a family of artists, Herman Saftleven established his studio in Utrecht in 1632. He became an extraordinarily productive painter, draughtsman and etcher. In the early 1650’s Saftleven travelled along the Rhine and Moselle rivers, drawing a series of views of Rhine views and towns, from Arnhem and Cleves to Bingen, near Mainz. Once returned to his studio, he transformed these travel sketches into finished drawings and paintings. The present work is a beautiful example of such a Rhine landscape.

Artist: Herman Saftleven (Rotterdam 1609 - 1685 Utrecht)
Medium: black chalk, brown washes on laid paper
Dimensions: 204 x 196 mm