Find, Learn, Price Art
Enjoy the comprehensive art database we've compiled since 1987
Membership Details
Images, sales charts, bios, signatures, 30 artist Alerts and more ...
Art auction records:  Millions of references for pricing research
Or, register for Free Alerts
To track 10 artists.

Already a member?  Sign in here

Jan Frans (Orizzonte) Van Bloemen

 (1662 - 1749)
Jan Frans (Orizzonte) Van Bloemen was active/lived in Italy, Belgium.  Jan Van Bloemen is known for classic landscape painting-panorama.

Jan Frans (Orizzonte) Van Bloemen

Biography from the Archives of askART

Biography photo for Jan Frans (Orizzonte) Van Bloemen
Jan Frans van Bloemen was a member of a Flemish family of painters and draughtsmen. He was also active in Italy and France and was the brother of Pieter van Bloemen. While still in their native Antwerp, Pieter was the first teacher of his brother Jan Frans — who later also studied with Antoine Goubau — and probably also of his younger brother Norbert (1670-c. 1746). Jan Frans was soon summoned to Lyon by his brother and is said to have worked with van der Cabel in the city. It was only once Jan Frans reached Italy, however, that he would be given the moniker "Orizzonte" (the Italian word for "horizon"), which reflected his proficiency in producing panoramic landscapes.

Although patronized by aristocratic Roman families, Orizzonte's artistic career was marred by his prolonged confrontation with the Accademia di San Luca. The precise reasons for the difficulties are unknown, but he was only finally accepted by the Accademia at the age of 80, after his third application for membership.

Orizzonte was inspired by the classicising landscape paintings of Gaspard Dughet, as well as by the beauty of Rome and the surrounding campagna. With the Flemish landscape tradition as his foundation, he easily absorbed Dughet's dynamic and analytical style, producing such works as Landscape with Ruins, Nocturnal Landscape and The Storm (all Rome, Palazzo Doria-Pamphilj).

Some of Orizzonte's views, painted at the end of the 17th century, anticipate the vedute (view paintings) of the 18th century and mark a shift from the classically orientated Roman landscapes of his French predecessors in Rome. I n pictures such as the View of Gardens with Statues (Schloss Wörlitz, near Dessau) and the Landscape with the Colosseum (Rome, Galleria Pallavicini), there is a more realistic representation of views, and the paintings show characteristics close to those of Andrea Locatelli, Giovanni Paolo Panini and Paolo Anesi.

Around 1730 Orizzonte began to adapt his delicate and sensitive style towards a calmer and more synthetic artistic vision, some features of which were borrowed directly from Poussin, as in the Landscape with the Belvedere of the Vatican (Rome, Galleria Pallavicini) and the Landscape with Temple (Tivoli, Villa d'Este). Among the painters who provided figures for his landscapes were Carlo Maratti, Placido Costanzi and Pompeo Batoni.

Sphinx Fine Art

** If you discover credit omissions or have additional information to add, please let us know at

Share an image of the Artist

  Full access to biographies is
  free each Friday

About  Jan Frans (Orizzonte) Van Bloemen

Born:  1662 - Antwerp, Belgium
Died:   1749 - Rome, Italy
Known for:  classic landscape painting-panorama