Isola Bella in Lago Maggiore

Artist: Sanford Robinson Gifford (1823–1880)

Date: 1871

Medium: Oil on canvas

Dimensions: 20 1/4 x 36in. (51.4 x 91.4cm)

Classification: Paintings

Credit Line: Gift of Colonel Charles A. Fowler, 1921

Accession Number: 21.115.1


Gifford visited Isola Bella on Lago Maggiore, Italy, in 1856 and again twelve years later, painting the site numerous times and refining his vision of the scene. In late July 1868, the artist spent several days in the region, recording of one of them: “It was a perfect day, not too hot. I have come to the conclusion that this part of Maggiore is the finest of all the Italian Lakes.” In this painting, based on an oil sketch “of a sunset on Lake Maggiore,” Gifford extended the width on both sides to include the profiles of mountains distributed along the water, with the filmy light of sunset between them.