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Simon Denis, View of the Cascades at Tivoli

Key facts
Full title View of the Cascades at Tivoli
Artist Simon Denis
Artist dates 1755 - 1813
Date made about 1789-93
Medium and support Oil on paper laid on linen
Dimensions 38.6 × 25.8 cm
Acquisition credit The Gere Collection, on long-term loan to the National Gallery
Inventory number L821
Location Room 42
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 Cascades at Tivoli
Simon Denis

Twenty miles north-east of Rome, the town of Tivoli is famous for its cascades and watercourses. The view shown here is almost certainly taken from the Ponte San Rocco looking across the gushing waters towards Tivoli in the distance. Denis is known to have visited Tivoli in 1789 and in 1793, and probably painted 'A Torrent at Tivoli' during the same period.

The artist has left the sky open and included two washerwomen rinsing their laundry in the river. He appears to have sketched out the composition before filling in the colour.

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