OIL PAINTING: Rocky Landscape with Antique Ruins, 1657
Berchem, son of the still-life painter Pieter Claesz, belongs to the second generation of Netherlandish Italianists. As yet, no reliable sources are known to exist about a possible visit he may have made to Italy. The only indication of this that we have is a sudden change in style in 1653, which might have been triggered by new impressions from the south. Since Berchem can be shown to have been back in Haarlem by 1656, his Italian journey would most likely have taken place in the years between 1653 and 1655.
This painting was executed after Berchem's supposed Italian journey