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Loggia, Villa Giulia, Rome

Artist:
John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Date:
ca. 1907
Medium:
Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper
Dimensions:
13 15/16 x 9 15/16 in. (35.4 x 25.2 cm)
Classification:
Drawings
Credit Line:
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
Accession Number:
50.130.38
Not on view
Sargent painted several architectural studies at the Villa Giulia, located on the grounds of the Borghese Gardens in northern Rome. The villa, which today houses a museum of antiquities, was built in the 1550s for Pope Julius III. In this watercolor Sargent noted a detail of the three-arched loggia of the garden court from below. He suggested the presence—or absence—of light on the stone with the contrasting warm and cool tones of his palette.
Inscription: [on verso at upper left]: 28 [very faint] / 43 [underlined] / V.O / (Trust); [at center]: I /20; [at lower left]: 107 Italy / by J.S.Sargent; [at lower right]: AW
the artist, until d. 1925; his sisters, Mrs. Francis Ormond (Violet Sargent) and Miss Emily Sargent, until 1936 (Emily Sargent's death); Mrs. Francis Ormond, until 1950
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