Landscape near Rome during a Storm

Simon Denis Flemish

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 805

Denis painted the majority of his informal nature studies out of doors. Notations on the back of this example, however, indicate that he based it on a drawing that he had previously made in the countryside near Rome while observing the phenomenon of passing rain accompanied by a rainbow. The horses and rider fleeing the storm are a motif borrowed from the seventeenth-century painter Nicolas Poussin.

Landscape near Rome during a Storm, Simon Denis (Flemish, Antwerp 1755–1813 Naples), Oil on paper

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