Perhaps to enhance his reputation, Joseph Wright journeyed to Rome, where from 1773 to 1775 he studied antique sculpture and Renaissance painting. After his return to England he continued to paint candlelit subjects, for which he was most famous, as well as portraits, history paintings, and landscapes, including scenes from Italy. Wright of Derby’s mature landscapes demonstrate his romantic vision of nature and his interest in the effects of light. In this Italian scene, the golden evening sun illuminates the trees and mountainside, while a deep shadow envelops the foreground at right.
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Joseph Wright of Derby, English, 1734–1797
Italian Landscape with Mountains and a River
- c. 1790
- Oil on canvas
- Image: 20 1/2 × 30 1/2 in. (52.1 × 77.5 cm)
- Credit Line
Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, Houston
- Current Location
The Audrey Jones Beck Building
218 BLAFFER GALLERIES
- Accession Number
[Sotheby’s, London, July 19, 1978, no. 87]; purchased by [Spink & Son, London, 1978]; private collection, Great Britain, 1980; [Leger Galleries, London]; purchased by the Sarah Campbell Blaffer Foundation, 1985.