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Probably by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot, Staircase in the Villa of Maecenas, Tivoli

Key facts
Full title Staircase in the Entrance to the Villa of Maecenas at Tivoli
Artist Probably by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot
Artist dates 1796 - 1875
Date made about 1826
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on canvas
Dimensions 29.7 × 21.5 cm
Inscription summary Signed; Dated
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L814
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
Staircase in the Villa of Maecenas, Tivoli
Probably by Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot

The Villa Maecenas at Tivoli outside Rome was actually the foundations of an ancient temple complex, and was named after the famous patron of the poets Horace and Virgil. This painting is a masterful depiction of successive architectural spaces: first the area to the front of the entrance, then the vault of the staircase itself, and finally the passageway at the top, brilliantly lit by five windows which are echoed by the five slats in the door to the left. In addition to Corot's signature, a more recent hand has added 'Granet'.

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