Mountainous Landscape with Mine and Ore Smelter

1580, Artist: Lucas I. van Valckenborch



Mountainous Landscape with Mine and Ore Smelter

Among Valckenborch’s specialities were depictions of rocky landscapes, often in combination with ore smelters. The one shown here is in keeping with the technology of the day, depicted down to the last detail. The painter apparently had studied it exactly. On the right is a lime-kiln and in the centre a smelting furnace with tap spout and an overshot waterwheel with a flume for washing out ore. The landscape is possibly that of the area around Beaufort Castle on the Meuse River.

Currently not displayed.

Object data

Object Name







Lucas I. van Valckenborch (1535 oder kurz danach in Löwen - 1597 Frankfurt am Main) - GND


oak wood


76,5 cm × 107,5 cm
Framed (gallery frame): 92 cm × 123,3 cm × 9 cm


Inscribed on the rock to the left of the brick oven: 1580 LVV

Image rights

Kunsthistorisches Museum Wien, Gemäldegalerie

Inv. No.

Gemäldegalerie, 1023


Probably from the art collection of Emperor Matthias

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