Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome
Corot transformed this relatively traditional view along Rome’s Tiber River into an exploration of volume and light. The row of houses on the left provides a counterpoint to the monumental structure on the right—the Castel Sant'Angelo, originally built as a mausoleum for the Roman Emperor Hadrian. The arches of the bridge mimic the dome of Saint Peter’s Basilica. Bold patches of unblended paint give the scene a freshness and spontaneity. The artist sketched these landmarks during an extended stay in Rome, but probably completed this painting in his Paris studio several years later.
|Medium||oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||13 1/2 x 18 in. (34.3 x 45.7 cm) Frame: 20 x 24 5/8 x 1 7/8 in. (50.8 x 62.5 x 4.8 cm)|
|Acquisition||Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark before 1955|
Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome, c. 1830–32, oil on canvas. Clark Art Institute, 1955.555
Paul Tesse, Paris (by 1875–76, his sale, Drouot, Paris, 11 Mar. 1876, no. 22, as Rome); Ernest May, Paris (until 1890, his sale, Georges Petit, Paris, 4 June 1890, no. 18, ill., sold to Roux); Antony Roux, Paris (1890–1914, his sale, Georges Petit, Paris, 19 May 1914, no. 4, ill., sold to Knoedler, as agent for Robert S. Clark, on behalf of Edward S. Clark); Edward Severin Clark (1914–d. 1933, by descent to Stephen C. Clark); Stephen Carlton Clark (1933–46, sold to Durand-Ruel, 1946); [Durand-Ruel, New York, sold to Robert S. Clark, 28 June 1946]; Robert Sterling Clark (1946–55); Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, 1955.
Horseman in the Woods, Large Plate (Le Grand Cavalier sous Bois)
c. 1854, printed 1921