Oct 24, 2018
Oct 24, 2018
Oct 24, 2018

View of Florence

View of Florence


Thomas Cole

(American, 1801–1848)

Oil on canvas

Framed: 125.4 x 186.7 x 9.2 cm (49 3/8 x 73 1/2 x 3 5/8 in.); Unframed: 99.5 x 160.4 cm (39 3/16 x 63 1/8 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1961.39

Did you know?

Novelist Henry James grew up with this painting and described its foreground monk as his “constant friend.”


Cole visited Italy in 1831 and made a small pencil sketch of this vista of Florence shortly before sunset. In his New York studio six years later, he transformed the drawing into this large oil painting, adding picturesque humans and goats to the foreground. Exhibiting View of Florence alongside a painting of the Catskill Mountains in New York in 1837, Cole set out to prove that he had mastered the very different landscapes of the Old and New Worlds.


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