This exhibition presents a spectacular panorama of landscape painting, with around 60 key works from the collection covering the period between 1500 and 1800 in Flanders, Holland and Italy.

Key works from the collection

Admission to the collection

CHF 16.– / CHF 11.– (concessions and groups)
Free admission for members members and children and young people under the age of 17.

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Admission to the collection is free for everyone on Wednesdays

The presentation opens with late medieval paintings in which the purpose of the landscape is to enliven the depiction of a Biblical scene such as the birth of Christ and present it in the best light. They are followed by Netherlandish and Italian landscapes from the 16th century. Especially fine works by the Flemish Jan Brueghel the Elder herald the start of landscape painting’s heyday in the 17th century, as Dutch artists move away from religious motifs and develop a rich tradition of pure landscape. On show are works by painters including Hendrick Avercamp, Janvan Goyen, Jacob van Ruisdael, Nicolaes Berchem, and also Margareta de Heer.

From Holland to Italy The presentation of Dutch landscapes is followed by paintings created in Italy during the 17th century. They include works by Domenichino and Salvator Rosa as well as two magnificent paintings by Claude Lorrain, who was born in what is now France but worked primarily in Italy.

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Jan van de Cappelle, Boats on the Mouth of the Scheldt, 1651, Kunsthaus Zürich, The Ruzicka Foundation, 1950
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Joachim Patinir and workshop, Landscape with Saint Jerome, c. 1520, Kunsthaus Zürich, The Ruzicka Foundation, 1949
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Margareta de Heer, A Red Cabbage, a Anail, a Butterfly, a Dragonfly, a Bee, and a Wood Louse, in a Landscape, undated, Kunsthaus Zürich, Vereinigung Zürcher Kunstfreunde, 2013
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Hendrick Avercamp, Winter Landscape with a Windmill, early 17th century, Kunsthaus Zürich, Permanent loan from a private collection, 2015
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Bernardo Bellotto, The Village of Gazzada, 1744, Kunsthaus Zürich, The Betty and David, Koetser Foundation, 1986
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Jacob van Ruisdael, View of Haarlem with Bleaching Grounds, c. 1670/1675, Kunsthaus Zürich, The Ruzicka Foundation, 1949
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Tiziano Vecellio attributed, Evening Landscape with Couple, c. 1518–1520, Kunsthaus Zürich, Donated by the Dr. Joseph Scholz Foundation, 2019

Public guided tours

Th, 23 July, 18h / Sa, 22 August, 13h / Fr, 9 October, 15h

Private guided tour

Group size: max. 16
Languages: German, English, French, Italian, Dutch
Cost: admission to the exhibition + CHF 190.– (German) / CHF 220.– (other languages), duration: 1 hour

Requests should normally be submitted at least a week before your desired date.

An important Italian landscape by Bernardo Bellotto from 1744 concludes the presentation of Old Masters.The artists include Joachim Patenier, Hendrick Avercamp, Jan van Goyen, Jacob van Ruisdael, Claude Lorrain, Domenichino and Bernardo Bellotto.

In early modern landscapes, artists such as van Gogh, Segantini and Monet react in a strikingly different way to the open country that the Old Masters had painted so emblematically – an observation that is foregrounded by the unconventional way in which these works are presented.

Curator: Philippe Büttner

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Image above:

Claude Lorrain, Pastoral with the Arch of Constantine, 1648 (detail), Kunsthaus Zürich, donated by the Holenia Trust in memory of Joseph H. Hirshhorn, 1996

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