View of the Villa Borghese

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.

Key facts

Artist dates
1804 - 1858
Full title
View in the Villa Borghese: The Casino del Muro Torto and the Aqueduct of Acqua Felice
Date made
about 1827-30
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on canvas
15.5 × 26 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery