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.

Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

French, 1796–1875

Castel Sant'Angelo, Rome

c. 1830–32

Oil on canvas

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)

Acquired by Sterling and Francine Clark, 1946