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Probably by François-Marius Granet, View of the Falls at Tivoli

Key facts
Full title View of the Falls at Tivoli
Artist Probably by François-Marius Granet
Artist dates 1775 - 1849
Date made about 1808-10
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on canvas
Dimensions 27.6 × 36.6 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L833
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
View of the Falls at Tivoli
Probably by François-Marius Granet

The town of Tivoli outside Rome, with its dramatic waterfalls, had attracted artists since the 16th century. In his oil sketches Granet often chose unconventional viewpoints such as this one, where the falls are just glimpsed on the far right of the picture. Here he has reinterpreted a view which he had already drawn from the esplanade near the Temple of Vesta, looking across to the other side of the River Aniene. Buildings are reversed and a bank of flowers is added in the foreground, which suggest that this work was painted in the studio rather than directly from nature.

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