Torre dei Schiavi, The Roman Campagna (from Cropsey Album)

Jasper Francis Cropsey American

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During his first European sojourn in 1847, the young Hudson River School-painter Cropsey toured and sketched in the Roman Campagna. The picturesque landscape around Rome was admired for its vast beauty and historic ruins—evidence of the greatness and decline of ancient civilizations. The Torre dei Schiavi (Tower of Slaves), a mausoleum built as part of an extensive imperial villa in the third century a.d., is one of the best-known monuments on the Campagna. As both a tomb and a ruin embodying Rome’s faded glory, the tower had poetic associations, which Cropsey emphasizes by including the rising moon, a potent symbol of eternal time. Cropsey was one of several American artists who drew the tower, including Thomas Cole (1801–1848) and William Stanley Haseltine (1835–1900).

Torre dei Schiavi, The Roman Campagna (from Cropsey Album), Jasper Francis Cropsey (American, Rossville, New York 1823–1900 Hastings-on-Hudson, New York), Graphite, white gouache, and brown and gray ink washes on dark buff wove paper, American

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