Lake Albano

Lake Albano

1790 to 1792
Joseph Wright of Derby
Oil on canvas
14 1/4 x 21 1/2 inches (36.2 x 54.6 cm)

This small landscape, and its pendant, Lake Nemi, was probably made in the early 1790s, some fifteen years after Wright left Italy. To the left of the composition, framing the lake is a Claudean tree, and to the right, in the Alban hills, a modified representation of Castel Gandolfo, where the pope had established a summer residence in the seventeenth century. Lake Albano is depicted here in the cool early morning light, while its pendant, Lake Nemi, is bathed in a warm evening glow.

B1981.25.717
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection