Dec 1, 2010

Hadrian's Villa

Hadrian's Villa


Peter Blume

(American, 1906–1992)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 93 x 108.6 x 7 cm (36 5/8 x 42 3/4 x 2 3/4 in.); Unframed: 76.2 x 91.5 cm (30 x 36 in.)

Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Edward L. Holsten 1958.318



American artist Peter Blume depicts a scene he witnessed at the ruins of Hadrian's Villa in Tivoli, Italy, where a group of workers harvested olives from a monumental olive tree. While some of the men and women climb the tree, others gather the fruit in baskets. Ruined buildings frame the olive tree, contrasting the bounty of the harvest with decay.

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