About this artwork

This idealised view of Florence recalls the idyllic classical landscapes of Claude and Poussin. The topographical detail was based on drawings made on the spot, but the overall composition, with picnicking figures, was conceived in the artist's studio. Fabre draws your attention from the shaded foreground to the sun-lit river and city, set against a hazy backdrop of snow-capped peaks. In the middle distance by the weir is a fourteenth-century watermill, which was destroyed in the nineteenth century to make way for the Lungarno Vespucci. Beyond is the Palazzo Signoria, and to the left the dome of the cathedral, Santa Maria del Fiore.

Updated before 2020

  • artist:
  • title:
    A View of Florence from the North Bank of the Arno
  • date created:
    1813
  • materials:
    Oil on canvas
  • measurements:
    96.00 x 135.00 cm (framed: 119.70 x 159.20 x 9.70 cm)
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  • credit line:
    Purchased with the aid of the Galloway Anderson Fund and the Art Fund 1998
  • accession number:
    NG 2692
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François-Xavier Fabre

François-Xavier Fabre