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Claus Anton Kølle, A Courtyard in Rome

Key facts
Full title A Courtyard in Rome
Artist Claus Anton Kølle
Artist dates 1827 - 1872
Date made 1860s
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 27.8 × 24.1 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L844
Location On loan: Gere Collection Paintings to the Ashmolean (2024 - 2026), The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
A Courtyard in Rome
Claus Anton Kølle

This view into a Roman courtyard was perhaps made from the first- or second-storey window of an inn. Through the branches of a fir tree, we look down on the metal dome of a conservatory. A leafy tree is heavy with oranges, which provide the brightest notes of colour in the painting. At the top, windows on the other side of the courtyard are open to the breeze. At right, the sunlight casts irregular shadows.

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