The Walls of Rome

about 1616-1630s, Goffredo Wals

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

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The atmosphere of peace and purity in this painting is underscored by the strong shadows cast by the towers. Although the site is probably imaginary, the walls may be inspired by the Aurelian walls near the Porta di San Paola in Rome, of which the artist made a pen and brown wash drawing. The motif of the towers with arched windows and vegetation growing on them also appears in one of his paintings on copper.

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