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The Grand Staircase of the Villa d'Este at Tivoli: Gallery Label - Current


Minneapolis Institute of Arts



Institution Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Like many artists of his generation, Jean-Honoré Fragonard initially trained in Italy. While living in Rome from 1756 to 1761, he visited the Villa d'Este at Tivoli and painted the grand staircase leading into the famous water gardens with their hundreds of cascading fountains. This work by one of France's most important 18th-century painters was purchased by the director of the French Academy in Rome before the artist returned home.
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Source: Minneapolis Institute of Arts
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Added to Site: March 13, 2009