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Full title A Road in the Roman Campagna
Artist Eugène-Ferdinand Buttura
Artist dates 1812 - 1852
Date made about 1840
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on canvas
Dimensions 26.5 × 38.5 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L804
Location Room 46
Art route(s) B and C
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
A Road in the Roman Campagna
Eugène-Ferdinand Buttura

This oil sketch of a dusty road meandering through the Roman Campagna was probably painted while Buttura was staying at the Villa Medici in Rome. Scrubby trees line the roadway, while a single curving line of paint describes the small, dry gulley that runs along its edge. Buttura captures the arid atmosphere of a Roman summer's afternoon.

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