THE CASA CENCI IN THE BORGHESE GARDENS, ROME, Jean-Honore Marmont de Barmont

THE CASA CENCI IN THE BORGHESE GARDENS, ROME, Jean-Honore Marmont de Barmont

c. 1770 to c. 1846 Italy

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J-H Marmont de Barmont was a pupil of J-V Bertin (1767-1842) and painted traditional landscapes in the style of his master. The Casa Cenci in the grounds of the Villa Borghese was often featured in the drawings and paintings of these famous Roman gardens. The simple vernacular forms of this house with its low spreading roofs and tower like structure are very similar to architecture featured in the landscapes of Claude and Poussin in the seventeenth century. Indeed, this painting is composed in a similar way to the style of these masters with foreground giving way to a distant view entered by the course of a stream or river; the shepherd particularly more Claudian. Since the villa and the gardens on are a hill, it is unclear how the suggested stream could be contrived.

The Borghese gardens, created by the cardinal Scipione Borghese (nephew of Pope Paul V), included an English Garden and many neo-classical garden buildings by the early nineteenth century and was naturally a favourite destination for visiting artists and travellers. The formal gardens were simplified in the 1770s by a British landscape artist assisted by an Italian and involving the work of the architect Aspruicci. The gardens were particularly popular with nearby French Academy students based in the Villa Medici, subsequently bought with the estate in 1902.
The Lure of Rome, Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London., 1979
Painting from Nature: the Tradition of Open-air oil sketching from the 17th to 19th Centuries, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge, 1980
Oil Sketches from Nature: Turner and his Contemporaries Tate Gallery, London, 1991
Dimensions
Height 165.00 cm (64.96 inches)
Width 222.00 cm (87.40 inches)
Medium
Oil on canvas
Signed/Inscribed
Signed:J-H Barmont, pixt 1805 (verso)
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