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Italian Landscape

Vernet’s landscape is dominated by a colossal rock face. Its sheer scale is highlighted by the figures and buildings dotted along its surface, which seem minute by comparison. The rugged stone and crashing water create a sense of drama, emphasising the power of nature.   

This is one of the earliest dated works by Vernet and was painted during a visit to Italy. Vernet would become the leading French landscape artist of the eighteenth century and had a significant influence on English artists of the same period.  

Not currently on display

Artist
Claude Joseph Vernet
Date
1738
Location
Gallery 2
Dimensions
123.8 x 174 cm
Materials
Oil on canvas
Inscription
Signed and dated. bottom left: 'Fait a Rome Par J. Vernet/ 1738'
Acquisition
Bourgeois Bequest, 1811
Accession number
DPG328