Acqua Acetosa

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WILSON, Richard

ウィルソン, リチャード
理查德, 威森
理查德, 威尔逊
윌슨, 리처드

Oil on canvas

A view of Rome by an eighteenth century British artist.

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Grand tours, which were popular in England in the eighteenth century, brought a lot to British culture. The travelers brought artworks home and conveyed the refined European taste in architecture and other genres to their own country.
Richard Wilson was one that gained a lot through his travels to Italy. Under the influence of Claude Lorrain and Gaspard Dughet, Wilson acquired the “grand manner” of composition and his artistic style proved a huge success upon his return to England. Furthermore, his association with other travelers gave him chances to come by wealthy patrons.

Acqua Acetsoa is the name of a spring along the Tiber on the outskirts of Rome. The water that gushes out of this spring is said to contain a lot of iron and the Baroque master Gian Lorenzo Bernini constructed a fountain there in the mid-seventeenth century. In the foreground, beside the moss-covered ruins, poorly dressed men are enjoying a ball game. The bygone glory of ancient Rome is contrasted with the impoverished reality in Italy. It also includes a lesson to the British travelers, who were about to reach the acme of prosperity.