A Road in the Roman Campagna

about 1840, Eugène-Ferdinand Buttura

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

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This oil sketch of a dusty road meandering through the Roman Campagna was probably painted while Buttura was staying at the Villa Medici in Rome. Scrubby trees line the roadway, while a single curving line of paint describes the small, dry gulley that runs along its edge. Buttura captures the arid atmosphere of a Roman summer's afternoon.

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