Italian Landscape (Morning)

Italian Landscape (Morning)

between 1760 and 1765
Richard Wilson RA
1714–1782
Oil on canvas
Support (PTG): 27 5/8 x 37 1/4 inches (70.2 x 94.6 cm)

This composition has been known under several titles, notably The Temple of Venus at Baiae. Although that identification has been challenged, it is partly correct. It has not hitherto been noticed that the present painting shows precisely the same building (which was actually baths rather than a temple) as that in a drawing by Wilson in the Victoria and Albert Museum but from the opposite side, revealing the ruined open aspect of the structure. Nonetheless, Wilson has made radical adjustments to its coastal setting.

B1981.25.690
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection