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Gaspard Dughet, Imaginary Landscape with Buildings in Tivoli

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Full title Imaginary Landscape with Buildings in Tivoli
Artist Gaspard Dughet
Artist dates 1615 - 1675
Date made about 1670
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 49.2 × 66.2 cm
Acquisition credit Holwell Carr Bequest, 1831
Inventory number NG98
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
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Imaginary Landscape with Buildings in Tivoli
Gaspard Dughet

In this tranquil scene, two men and a dog sit at the roadside and glance towards another figure whose animated gesture is ambiguous. He could be one of their group or someone running to them with news, being playful or argumentative. Various types of plant and tree are painted in intricate detail and subtle variations of green-brown tones shimmer in the sunlight. The path and tree to the left lead our eye across the landscape and into the distance.

The buildings on the rocky hilltop were once thought to represent the small town of Ariccia, south-east of Rome. When Dughet painted the picture Ariccia was owned by the family of Alexander VII Chigi, who was pope from 1655 until 1667. But by the late seventeenth century it had developed into a substantial settlement, and Dughet’s town looks quite modest. It is more likely that this landscape was inspired by Tivoli, north-east of Rome, where the artist spent time.

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