COROT, Jean-Baptiste Camille
(b. 1796, Paris, d. 1875, Paris)

The Bridge of Narni

Paper monted on canvas, 34 X 48 CM
Musée du Louvre, Paris

Corot, who devoted his entire artistic study trip in Italy to landscape - and allegedly spent little time at all in the museums - was profoundly affected by the Roman countryside he visited in 1826. While in the town of Narni he sketched a view of the ruined bridge of Augustus over the Nera river. The following year Corot would use this oil sketch capturing his first impression for a full size composition painted in his studio, and then shown at the Salon of 1827 (now in the National Gallery, Ottawa).