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Gaspard Dughet, View of the Roman Countryside, possibly Tivoli

Key facts
Full title View of the Roman Countryside, possibly Tivoli
Artist Gaspard Dughet
Artist dates 1615 - 1675
Date made about 1670
Medium and support Oil on canvas
Dimensions 71.1 × 166.9 cm
Acquisition credit Bequeathed by Lord Farnborough, 1838
Inventory number NG161
Location Not on display
Collection Main Collection
Previous owners
View of the Roman Countryside, possibly Tivoli
Gaspard Dughet

A wild, mountainous landscape stretches out before us, with sharp snowy peaks silhouetted against the sky. In the middle distance, just beyond the rushing waterfall, a town – complete with campanile (bell towers) and classical buildings – perches on a hilltop. In the foreground, a handful of figures and two dogs rest beside the dusty path that weaves through the landscape.

Gaspard Dughet may have intended this to be a view of Tivoli, a hillside town about 20 miles north-east of Rome. It was visited by generations of artists who came to paint the town’s classical buildings, as well as the terraced gardens of the nearby Villa d’Este. Another painting by Dughet, in which some of Tivoli’s buildings appear in an imaginary landscape, is also in the National Gallery’s collection.

This painting’s dimensions are unusual, the canvas being twice as wide as it is tall. It may once have been part of a decorative scheme, probably intended to hang above a doorway.

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