Vue prise dans la Villa d'Este à Tivoli

1793
Jean Thomas Thibault (French, 1757–1826)


Dimensions

45.5 x 32.4 cm (17 15/16 x 12 3/4 in.); Legacy dimension: 45.5 x 32.4 cm (17 7/8 x 12 13/16 in.)

Accession Number

1982.449

Medium or Technique

Watercolor on paper

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Watercolors

Thibault was a pensioner of the French Academy in Rome beginning in 1780. He painted these pictures after his return to France, where he exhibited Roman views in the Paris Salons of 1795 and 1796. In these two neo-classical landscapes Thibault provides glimpses of architecture, but it is the lush gardens that capture his fancy, inhabited by men and women dressed “all’antica.” His fine technique and carefully rendered light enliven the precisely observed and ordered spaces. The last named points toward his later career as professor of perspective at the Ecole des Beaux-Arts.

Inscription

Lower right corner, pen: J. T. Thibault 1793.

Provenance

By 1982, John Goelet, New York; 1982, gift of Goelet to the MFA. (Accession Date: September 15, 1982)

Credit Line

Gift of John Goelet