View from the Villa d'Este, Tivoli

Attributed to Simon Denis Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 805

This work straddles the boundary between an informal study and a finished painting. Aerial perspective, the combined effect of light and atmosphere, is seen here as the veil of haze that softens details near the horizon. Similar paintings by Denis’s elder contemporaries were becoming increasingly popular in Paris at the time Denis lived there, from 1775 until his move to Rome about 1786.

View from the Villa d'Este, Tivoli, Attributed to Simon Denis (Flemish, Antwerp 1755–1813 Naples), Oil on paper, laid down on canvas

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