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Ariccia from Lake Albano
© Kupferstich-Kabinett, Staatliche Kunstsammlungen Dresden, Foto: Andreas Diesend
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
Ariccia from Lake Albano
c.1754-56 (undated)
Black chalk
370 x 563 mm
14 9/16 x 22 1/8 in.
C768
D407
In the distance beyond the lake is part of the town, with the Chigi Palace and Bernini's Church of Santa Maria dell'Assunzione. In the foreground are a goatherd and his flock, and on the left a milestone under the tree.
Samuel Woodburn; Christie's 12 June 1860 (160 - A View of La Riccia); bt Ludwig Gruner, Director of the Dresden Kupferstich-Kabinett; inventoried 1865
Unsigned; inscribed on milestone lower left: XV
None visible
Located between the lakes of Nemi and Albano on the Via Appia Nuova, southeast of Rome. Ariccia was celebrated for its groves, thought to have been the hunting-grounds of the goddess Diana. The area had been a haunt of Wilson's admired predecessor, Gaspard Dughet (1615-1675). The town was acquired by the Chigi family in 1661 and in the following year they commissioned Bernini to modernise the old palace of the Savelli, Princes of Albano, and to build a new church.
D261 Ariccia, Tate, London
D261A Ariccia near Rome, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
[1] John Downman (1750-1824), Chigi Park near L'Ariccia, 1773-74, Tate, London (T10175)
[2] Francis Towne (1739-1816): Ariccia, 1781, The British Museum (Nn,3.14)
[3] William Pars (1742-1782): Palazzo Chigi, Ariccia, near Albano, Victoria & Albert Museum, London
[4] John 'Warwick' Smith (1749-1831): A View of Ariccia, near Albano, Fitzwilliam Museum, Cambridge
[5] John Robert Cozens (1752-1779): Ariccia, Birmingham Museums & Art Gallery
It is worthy of remark that Bernini's church of Santa Maria dell'Assunzione here is shown with the onion-shaped cupolas which were added to the twin bell-towers only in 1771.
Laid down on old paper