A Road in the Roman Campagna

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1812 - 1852
Full title
A Road in the Roman Campagna
Date made
about 1840
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on canvas
26.5 × 38.5 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery