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Key facts
Full title The Villa Malta, Rome
Artist Frederic, Lord Leighton
Artist dates 1830 - 1896
Date made 1860s
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 27.2 × 41.5 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L851
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
The Villa Malta, Rome
Frederic, Lord Leighton

This view of the Villa Malta contrasts the tall cypresses and the foliage in the middle ground with the tall tower of the villa at the centre of the canvas and the rich and simple forms of the villa's architecture. In the late 1850s, Leighton had come to deeply appreciate the work of the French painter Corot, and especially the free and spontaneous oil sketches which he had made in Italy a few decades earlier. Corot's influence is particularly evident in this work.

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