Entrance to the Giardino del Lago, Villa Borghese, Rome
Gustav Wilhelm Palm (Swedish, Kristianstad 1810–1890 Stockholm)
Oil on paper, laid down on canvas
13 x 18 1/8 in. (33 x 46 cm)
Thaw Collection, Jointly Owned by The Metropolitan Museum of Art and The Morgan Library & Museum, Gift of Eugene V. Thaw, 2009
Not on view
Palm, the foremost Swedish painter of neoclassical landscapes, studied in Rome from 1841 until 1851. He visited the gardens of the Villa Borghese often, as attested by this work as well as numerous dated sketches now in the Nationalmuseum, Stockholm. He did not consider his oil studies to be finished works, but when a selection was exhibited in Stockholm in 1850, the public responded enthusiastically.
Inscription: Inscribed and dated (lower left): Villa Borghese / 1844
[John Lishawa, London]; [Crawley & Asquith, London, in 1988]; sale, Sotheby's, New York, May 27, 2004, no. 98, for $14,400; Eugene V. Thaw, New York (by 2007–9)
London. Crawley & Asquith Ltd and John Lishawa. "The Art of the Landscape: Classical, Neo-Classical & en plein-air 1650–1900," July 1988, no. 57 (as "Villa Borghese, Entrance to Jardino del Largo").
The Art of the Landscape: Classical, Neo-Classical & en plein-air 1650–1900. Exh. cat., Crawley & Asquith Ltd with John Lishawa. London, 1988, pp. 100–101, no. 57, ill.
Esther Bell. "Catalogue Raisonné of the Thaw Collection." Studying Nature: Oil Sketches from the Thaw Collection. Ed. Jennifer Tonkovich. New York, 2011, p. 137, no. 107, ill. (color), calls it "Entrance to the Giardino del Lago, Villa Borghese, Rome".