View of the Gorge at Civita Castellana

The fortified medieval town of Civita Castellana lies fifty-four miles north of Rome on the Via Flaminia, one of the ancient routes through the Roman Campagna. In ancient times, it was a strategically important Etruscan settlement. During the Renaissance the fortress was converted into an imposing octagonal castle known as La Rocca.

The artist uses characteristically thick lines to accentuate the sculptural aspect of the rock formations, while free brushstrokes evoke the texture of the natural surroundings and the fall of light on rocks and greenery.

Key facts

Artist dates
1797 - 1871
Full title
View of the Gorge at Civita Castellana
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on paper laid on canvas
31 × 37 cm
Acquisition credit
The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number
Location in Gallery