View of the Aventine Hill from the Palatine

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1791 - 1837
Full title
View of the Aventine Hill from the Palatine
Date made
about 1811-15
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on canvas
31.8 × 44.3 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery