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

This view of the Villa Malta contrasts the tall cypresses and the foliage in the middle ground with the tall tower of the villa at the centre of the canvas and the rich and simple forms of the villa's architecture. In the late 1850s, Leighton had come to deeply appreciate the work of the French painter Corot, and especially the free and spontaneous oil sketches which he had made in Italy a few decades earlier. Corot's influence is particularly evident in this work.

Key facts

Artist
Artist dates
1830 - 1896
Full title
The Villa Malta, Rome
Date made
1860s
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
Dimensions
27.2 x 41.5 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
L851
Location in Gallery