This oil sketch showing St. Peter's Basilica in the distance was painted during the artist's stay in Rome, 1777–85. Its spontaneity and freshness is typical of the artist's outdoor paintings, in which he sought to capture the light and atmosphere of Rome.

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  • Title: View of Rome
  • Creator: Pierre Henri de Valenciennes (French, 1750-1819)
  • Date Created: c. 1782-1784
  • Physical Dimensions: Framed: 30 x 49 x 4.5 cm (11 13/16 x 19 5/16 x 1 3/4 in.); Unframed: 19.5 x 39 cm (7 11/16 x 15 3/8 in.)
  • Provenance: Walter Pach;, Raymond Pach (Canton, North Carolina), sold to the Cleveland Museum of Art, 1970.
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: CC0
  • External Link: https://clevelandart.org/art/1970.55
  • Medium: oil on paper, mounted on board
  • Department: European Painting and Sculpture
  • Culture: France, 18th century
  • Credit Line: Purchase from the J. H. Wade Fund
  • Collection: P - French 18th Century
  • Accession Number: 1970.55

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