Lake Nemi

Lake Nemi

between 1790 and 1795
Joseph Wright of Derby
Oil on canvas
14 1/4 x 21 1/2 inches (36.2 x 54.6 cm)

Lake Nemi, the pendant to Wright’s view of Lake Albano, has a framing tree to the right, while to the left is the town of Nemi itself. The contrast between the two paintings is partly compositional, but extends also to the contrasting times of day in correspondingly cool and warm keys. This was a model that Wright  undoubtedly knew from his study of Wilson, and both compositions, Lake Nemi and Lake Albano, in their careful framing and alternating climatic conditions, reflect similar pairs by Wilson.

B1981.25.716
Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection