The Bathers, Souvenir of the Banks of the Anio River at Tivoli

The Bathers, Souvenir of the Banks of the Anio River at Tivoli

c. 1860/1861

Théodore Caruelle d' Aligny

(French, 1798-1871)

Oil on wood panel

Framed: 58.5 x 60.5 x 8 cm (23 1/16 x 23 13/16 x 3 1/8 in.); Unframed: 37.5 x 41 cm (14 3/4 x 16 1/8 in.)

Mr. and Mrs. William H. Marlatt Fund 1980.4

Description

Although painted in France, this work depicts bathers near Tivoli, a popular, parklike estate near Rome, famous for its fountains, picturesque hills, and lush forests. As was the custom for many artists of the 19th century, d'Aligny traveled to Italy to study. He remained there from 1825 until 1827, making careful drawings and oil sketches directly from the Roman countryside. He would often use these works to compose more finished paintings in his studio. Although d'Aligny visited Italy twice more, his last trip was in 1843. This painting, made years after that date, is therefore a true souvenir, that is, a recollection evoking his experiences in Italy

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