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View of Rome

View of Rome

c. 1782-1784

Pierre Henri de Valenciennes

(French, 1750-1819)

Oil on paper, mounted on board

Framed: 30 x 49 x 4.5 cm (11 13/16 x 19 5/16 x 1 3/4 in.); Unframed: 19.5 x 39 cm (7 11/16 x 15 3/8 in.)

Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund 1970.55

Description

This oil sketch showing St. Peter's Basilica in the distance was painted during the artist's stay in Rome, 1777–85. Its spontaneity and freshness is typical of the artist's outdoor paintings, in which he sought to capture the light and atmosphere of Rome.

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