Villa at Caprarola

Claude Joseph Vernet1746

Philadelphia Museum of Art

Philadelphia Museum of Art

In the center of this painting a grand procession of courtiers and clerics with Elizabeth Farnese, the queen of Spain, take an afternoon walk in Caprarola, north of Rome. Caprarola was known since antiquity for its cool air and rugged beauty. The country palace of the Farnese family, visible in the background, was being used by the Spanish ambassador to Rome, Cardinal Acquaviva, who leads the procession. Seated on a rock on the left is Vernet, recording every detail of this informal yet significant event.

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  • Title: Villa at Caprarola
  • Date: 1746
  • Location: Rome, Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: w121.81 x h52.19 in (Overall)
  • Artist/Maker: Claude-Joseph Vernet, French, 1714 - 1789
  • Provenance: Purchased with the Edith H. Bell Fund, 1977
  • Type: Paintings
  • Rights: © 2014 Philadelphia Museum of Art. All rights reserved.
  • External Link: Philadelphia Museum of Art
  • Medium: Oil on canvas


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