The Palatine Hill, Rome

Camille Corot French

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Recognized as the most influential French landscape painter of the nineteenth century, primarily for his role as a leading practitioner of the Barbizon School, Camille Corot also produced dozens of drawings of the Italian countryside. He traveled to Rome on several occasions to work en plein air (outdoors), and the resulting topographic studies are a fascinating "album" of sites, old and new, built and natural. This meticulous graphite drawing of the ruined villas of the Palatine Hill dates to Corot’s third trip to Italy. The artist deftly organizes vestiges of ancient monuments in obsessively exacting draftsmanship.

The Palatine Hill, Rome, Camille Corot (French, Paris 1796–1875 Paris), Graphite on tan wove paper

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