Ruins on the Palatine

The sketch shows ancient Roman ruins on the south-east corner of the Palatine Hill. A wall of piers and enclosed arches marked by dark windows and passageways rises up abruptly in front of the viewer. The crisp geometry of the architecture has been softened and muted by age, and invasive trees and shrubs cling to fissures in the stone and take root. They blur the edges of the ancient buildings so that they seem to blend back into nature.

Key facts

Artist dates
1801 - 1879
Full title
Ruins on the Palatine
Date made
before 1830
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on canvas
21.8 × 31 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery