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 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.
Philipp Peter Roos called Rosa di Tivoli (1655-1706), was a German Baroque painter, active in Rome from 1677 onward. The present composition dates circa 1690. Roos’ paintings from this period are characterised by the marriage of a loose, informal compositional style, and highly precise brushwork. His animals are full of character and individual vitality. This work closely resembles the paintings completed by Roos around late 1680s – 1690s, such as Resting Goat and Sheep, held in the collection at the Kunstmuseum in Bern, Switzerland, or Sheep and Goat in a Rocky Landscape from the Städel Museum, Frankfurt. His paintings are also featured in such major public collections as the Hermitage, St.Petersburg, the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, the Louvre, Paris, the Courtauld Institute of Art, London, the Museo del Prado, Madrid, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York.