Animated landscape with a waterfall.
Oil on panel.
End of the 18th century.
This Italian landscape presents an elegant composition inspired by the picturesque views of the Roman countryside very much in vogue during the 18th century. The characters, who animate the scene with their daily activities, are skillfully sketched. The cloudy sky also gives movement to the painting as it opens onto the city in the background. The rocky masses balance the composition and give it depth. The pyramidal arrangement of the group of figures in the foreground responds to the rock that rises behind them, slightly offset.