Landscape with a Fortified Town

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This is one of Domenichino’s most famous landscapes, and also one of his largest. It is closely based on Annibale Carracci’s Flight into Egypt, painted for the chapel of the Aldobrandini palace in Rome (Galleria Doria Pamphilj, Rome), one of the most influential classical landscape paintings in the seventeenth century. It was probably painted around 1634–5, when Domenichino was living in Rome with the Aldobrandini.

Although there is no clear narrative, there is much going on in this painting. In the bottom left corner a fisherman sorts his catch, watched by a young woman with flowers and a guitar and a playful child. In the centre a shepherd directs his flock, while on the right two boatmen pole a boat along the river. Behind them is a group that looks like it could be the holy family on their flight into Egypt.

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Landscape with a Fortified Town


about 1634-5


Oil on canvas


H 113.2 x W 197 cm

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Presented by the Trustees of Sir Denis Mahon's Charitable Trust through the Art Fund, 2013

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