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
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.
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