Fortified Wall, Italy

Simon Denis Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 805

The walls depicted here are thought to date to antiquity and, together with the terrain, suggest the vicinity of Rome. The directness of observation and the fact that it was painted largely wet-into-wet indicate that this work was the product of a single plein-air outing. Although the site remains unidentified, it also appears in another oil study in the Museum’s collection, one attributed to Pierre Henri de Valenciennes or a painter in his circle (2009.400.112).

Fortified Wall, Italy, Simon Denis (Flemish, Antwerp 1755–1813 Naples), Oil on paper, laid down on wood

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