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Giovanni Costa, Porto d'Anzio

Key facts
Full title Porto d'Anzio
Artist Giovanni Costa
Artist dates 1826 - 1903
Date made about 1853
Medium and support Oil on oak
Dimensions 12.5 × 37.1 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L815
Location On loan: Gere Collection Paintings to the Ashmolean (2024 - 2026), The Ashmolean Museum of Art and Archaeology, Oxford, UK
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
Porto d'Anzio
Giovanni Costa

Costa probably painted this work while on a sketching expedition with George Heming Mason in 1853, during which they both painted views of the coast at Anzio. In Costa's small painting the sky occupies more than half the picture space. Texture is given to the landscape by the artist's use of thin paint, which allows the grain of the wooden panel to show through.

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