A Goat and a Sheep in an Italianate Landscape is a perfect example of Philipp Peter Roos’ masterful animal portraiture. Committed to studying animals from life, his attention to form is reflected in the exceptionally lifelike rendering of the titular animals’ physique and fur. This painting is distinguished by the startling intensity of the goat’s expression, rendered in gestural marks of impasto paint. His burning eyes stare directly out at the viewer: an emphatic, arresting presence whose wildness and intensity are echoed by the sheer rock and brooding sky of the painting’s background.
Roos’ paintings from this period are characterised by the marriage of a loose, informal compositional style, and highly precise brushwork. As demonstrated by Goat and a Sheep in an Italianate Landscape, his animals are full of character and individual vitality. This work closely resembles the paintings completed by Roos around the year 1690, such as Resting Goat and Sheep, held in the collection at the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland. His paintings are featured in major public collections, including the Hermitage, St.Petersburg, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, the Louvre, Paris, the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, the Museo di Castelvecchio, Verona, the Museo del Prado, Madrid, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.