View of the Aventine Hill from the Palatine

about 1811-15, Anton Sminck van Pitloo

The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission

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This view of a scene on the Palatine Hill in Rome looking across the Circus Maximus towards the Aventine Hill, was probably painted before Pitloo's departure for Naples in 1815. His classical training shows in the structure of the composition, in which the mass of the ruined wall on the left contrasts with the almost empty space on the right, where the Tiber appears in the lower corner.

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