The Ruins of a Temple (4th of a set of 4 landscapes) State II
This Italianate landscape depicts two figures observing stone ruins, which rise on a hill above the horizon. In the left corner of the composition sits an artist attentively sketching the structure. Karel Dujardin was active in Rome from 1650 to 1652, and in the years following, he refined his Italianizinglandscapes for Dutch patrons. This etching, completed in 1658 in The Hague, was likely based on a sketch made while the artist was in Rome, much like the figure at the lower left.