John Singer Sargent (American, Florence 1856–1925 London)
Watercolor and graphite on white wove paper
13 15/16 x 9 15/16 in. (35.4 x 25.2 cm)
Gift of Mrs. Francis Ormond, 1950
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