This painting perfectly illustrates Granet's achievement as a master of small Roman views. The arch of the Ponte San Rocco provides the frame for a carefully structured glimpse of the Aniene River as it hurtles through the hilltop village of Tivoli, a half day's ride east of Rome. This is a finished painting intended for a private collector. It was created in Granet's studio from an oil sketch (Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence) that was executed outdoors at the site.
A student of Jacques-Louis David, Granet first visited Italy in 1802 and returned the next year to stay until 1824.
[John Lishawa, London, until 1996; sold to Aaron]; [Didier Aaron, New York, 1996; sold to MMA]
Paris. Galerie de la Scala. "Neo-Classical and En Plein Air Landscapes," March 20–April 17, 1996, unnum. brochure.
New York. Didier Aaron. "Neo-Classical and En Plein Air Landscapes," May 8–24, 1996, unnum. brochure.
Gary Tinterow in "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1996–1997." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 55 (Fall 1997), p. 49, ill.
, notes that it was designed for a private collector, and created in Granet's studio from an oil sketch (Musée Granet, Aix-en-Provence) that was painted at the site.
Asher Ethan Miller inMasterpieces of European Painting, 1800–1920, in The Metropolitan Museum of Art. New York, 2007, pp. 19, 261, no. 17, ill. (color and black and white).
Asher Ethan Miller. "The Path of Nature: French Paintings from the Wheelock Whitney Collection, 1785–1850." Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin 70 (Winter 2013), p. 23, fig. 25 (color).
Artist: François Marius Granet (French, Aix-en-Provence 1775–1849 Aix-en-Provence)Date: first half 19th centuryMedium: Pen and brown ink, brush and brown wash, watercolor, over black chalk.Accession: 1990.3On view in:Not on view