Six centuries of artistic creation
This view of Spoleto in Umbria is probably the painting commissioned to Vernet by the Consul of Genoa in 1753 and reproduced in engraving in 1770 by Pietro Antonio Martini (1739-1797). During his stay in Italy, Vernet is faced with a huge diversity of sources of inspiration that will be a fundamental contribution to his work. The landscape was combined with classical antiquity, ruins, sculptures and various architectures. Vernet is interested in observing nature “taken from the natural”, noting in his notebooks the details of colors, topographies, atmospheric conditions, water, earth, flora. From the real he will create imagine scenarios in which he integrates architecture and people, summoning the human dimension to the landscape. In his compositions conveys a poetic vision of nature, which challenged and surprised the viewer, contributing to the enormous success of his painting.
| Oil on canvas, 91 x 130 cm
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