Sunset, Rome

Simon Denis Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 805

For this rooftop view, the artist raced a sensational sunset to capture its fleeting effects in shades of orange and gray. In its evocation of the Sublime, the cloud formation seen here may recall innumerable contemporary depictions of the eruption of Vesuvius on the Bay of Naples, although it was painted in Rome.

Sunset, Rome, Simon Denis (Flemish, Antwerp 1755–1813 Naples), Oil on paper

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