A Street Scene in Rome
While there is no documentary evidence of a journey to Italy, Wyck is thought to have traveled there before 1642. This work suggests that he saw both Rome and Naples. In this Roman market scene, Wyck presents a picturesque view of seventeenth-century life. The decaying brick and stucco hodge-podge of buildings and walls and the rustic types engaged in various activities in the foreground draw the viewer’s eye throughout the composition. The framing device of the archway is a hallmark of Wyck’s market scenes.