Imaginary Landscape with the Palatine Hill from Campo Vaccino

François Boucher French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 539

Painted just after Boucher’s return to Paris after several years in Italy, this early work continues the tradition of the capriccio, a fanciful depiction pioneered by artists such as Benedetto Castiglione and often inspired by the rustic countryside surrounding Rome. This view is taken from the Campo Vaccino, named for the cows that grazed there; on the Palatine Hill, Boucher has depicted the palace of Caligula and Tiberius and the ruined sixteenth-century gardens of the Farnese family. He copied the figures in the foreground directly from drawings by Abraham Bloemaert, familiar to him through a teacher in Rome, which Boucher also etched and published in 1735.

Imaginary Landscape with the Palatine Hill from Campo Vaccino, François Boucher (French, Paris 1703–1770 Paris), Oil on canvas

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