Aniene River at Tivoli

Simon Denis Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 805

A visit to the cataracts of the Aniene River, which courses through and surrounds Tivoli, was considered to be a highlight of the Grand Tour. Denis, a fixture of the expatriate community in Rome, went there on at least three occasions. He adopted the viewpoint seen in this plein-air sketch for a number of studio paintings, including one that commemorates a 1789 excursion undertaken with the artist Élisabeth Louise Vigée Le Brun (private collection).

Aniene River at Tivoli, Simon Denis (Flemish, Antwerp 1755–1813 Naples), Oil on paper

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