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Ponte San Rocco and Waterfalls, Tivoli

This painting perfectly illustrates Granet's achievement as a master of small Roman views. The arch of the Ponte San Rocco provides the frame for a carefully structured glimpse of the Aniene River as it hurtles through the hilltop village of Tivoli, a half day's ride east of Rome. This is a finished painting intended for a private collector. It was created in Granet's studio from an oil sketch (Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence) that was executed outdoors at the site.

A student of Jacques-Louis David, Granet first visited Italy in 1802 and returned the next year to stay until 1824.

Credit: Purchase, Leonora Brenauer Bequest, in memory of her father, Joseph B. Brenauer; Wolfe Fund, and Wolfe Fund, by exchange, 1996

c. 1810-20
Oil on canvas
37.8 x 28.3cm
Image and text © Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2019

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