Aelbert Cuyp was born in 1620. His father Jacob Cuyp was a portrait painter. Sometimes they worked together. His father mainly worked on the figures, and he worked on the background landscape.Most of Cuyp’s works are scenery and animal paintings. Only a few contain human figures. He loved using lighting effect to control the genre of art, and it is also his specialties. He traveled a lot throughout the Europe at such a young age, so he was influenced by different painters and cultures. He is a veteran on painting landscape which explains why his landscape paintings are supremely well.Dutch Arcadia is an integral part of Dutch Golden Age. Although it is not the main theme of Dutch Golden Age of Art, a lot of art works during that time are somehow related to Arcadia. There is a dichotomy that is observed. The main types of painting during the period were history painting, portrait painting, genre painting, landscape and still life.
Pastoral arts are also included in the landscape painting and it is a very common way to depict Arcadia. It is used to symbolize good will of freedom for the artists. This period was marked by nuanced detailing of the existing beauty of Dutch countryside and the opulence of the era is signified in the depiction. There were a number of artists who had developed in this era.Jan was one of the most significant landscape painters during the Dutch Golden Age. His paintings had profound influence of landscape painters who were developing their talent. He had a huge impact on Cuyp’s style. The painting A Southern Landscape with a Ruin by Both is very similar to Cuyp’s work. It is observed that both the styles of their paintings are very similar. The painting techniques that they use are the same this was observed especially for the depiction of the skies and the similar use of yellow and blue hues blend.