The Walls of Rome

The atmosphere of peace and purity in this painting is underscored by the strong shadows cast by the towers. Although the site is probably imaginary, the walls may be inspired by the Aurelian walls near the Porta di San Paola in Rome, of which the artist made a pen and brown wash drawing. The motif of the towers with arched windows and vegetation growing on them also appears in one of his paintings on copper.

Key facts

Artist dates
about 1590/95 - late 1630s
Full title
The Walls of Rome
Date made
about 1616-1630s
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
30.2 × 38 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery