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Castel Gandolfo, dancing Tyrolean Shepherds by Lake Albano

COROT, Jean-Baptiste Camille (1796 - 1875)

[image: Castel Gandolfo, dancing Tyrolean Shepherds by Lake Albano]

Date: 1855-60

Media: oil on canvas

Size: 49.2 x 65.5 cm

Acquired: 1952; Bequest; Gwendoline Davies

Accession Number: NMW A 2443

Collection: The Davies Sisters Collection

Corot’s delicate brushwork creates a shimmering effect of evening light, typical of his open air paintings. This work would have been completed from memory, however. The artist’s last visit to north Italy was nearly fifteen years before, in 1843. Castel Gandolfo was a popular subject among historic landscape artists and shows Corot’s ability to reconcile modern naturalism with academic ideals.

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