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Léon Fleury, View of the Villa Borghese

Key facts
Full title View in the Villa Borghese: The Casino del Muro Torto and the Aqueduct of Acqua Felice
Artist Léon Fleury
Artist dates 1804 - 1858
Date made about 1827-30
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on canvas
Dimensions 15.5 × 26 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L825
Location Not on display
Image copyright The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery, © Private collection 2000. Used by permission
Collection Main Collection
View of the Villa Borghese
Léon Fleury

This view shows part of the Villa Borghese in Rome, with the Casino del Muro Torto on the right and part of the Acqua Felice aqueduct on the left. The viewpoint has been carefully chosen in order to create a balanced composition. Fleury has positioned the path in the middle of the foreground, leaving our eye to follow its graceful curve upwards, around the rocks from the shaded foreground into the sunlit background.

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