Johann Anton Eisemann (Salzburg, 1604 – Venice, 1698)
Oil on canvas, 44×74 cm.
We know little and nothing about this extraordinary Austrian landscape painter; we know of him that he worked in Verona and Venice and that he was trained following the vedutist genre, in particular by depicting maritime views and battles.
The painting we observe is a valuable example of this type of representation: in a calm landscape in the background but anxious in the foreground, we find fishermen in small boats or busy collecting their nets; they are dangerously close to the large ships of the Dutch fleet, which are stationed nearby. The Dutch flags hoisted on the masts of ships, on towers and battlements, make the setting clear even if it is not easy to recognize a specific city.
In this vibrant but almost melancholy work, however, it is also possible to intercept the lessons absorbed by Venetian landscape painting, such as in the rarefaction of the elements in the background.
Our reference: AF00336