Jan. 15 Art Minute: Washington Alston, Italian Landscape

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Washington Allston (American, 1779-1843), Italian Landscape. Oil on canvas, 1814. 44 by 72 inches. Purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest in Memory of her Father, Maurice A. Scott, 1949.113. Gallery 29

Washington Allston (American, 1779-1843), Italian Landscape. Oil on canvas, 1814. 44 by 72 inches. Purchased with funds from the Florence Scott Libbey Bequest in Memory of her Father, Maurice A. Scott, 1949.113. Gallery 29

As a young artist in 1801, Washington Allston studied at London’s Royal Academy under American painter Benjamin West. He then lived for a time in Rome before returning to Boston in 1808. Allston painted Italian Landscape in England during a second stay in Europe (1811-1818) as a remembrance and reverie of his time in Rome. He created an ideal, rather than real, image of the Italian countryside set in an imaginary distant past, with classically garbed peasants contemplating a rustic fountain. The ruins of temples and towers create a romantic, picturesque mood, while hinting at the ultimate futility of human endeavor.


2 Responses to “Jan. 15 Art Minute: Washington Alston, Italian Landscape”

  1. Sue Dauer says:

    Do you have a catalog for the upcoming early Christian art exhibit?
    I would like to have one if possible.
    Thanks,
    Sue Dauer

  2. Stephanie Elton says:

    There is not an exhibition catalog for Glorious Splendor, Sue. Thank you for asking.


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