Trained in Amsterdam, Asselyn spent several years in Rome during the late 1630s and early 1640s. He made three drawings of this twelfth-century Roman church, viewed from the east, including the houses and gardens which actually bordered the alley to the right. Here the church has been placed in a dramatic but fictitious river landscape, bathed in warm, theatrical light. The painting dates from about 1650.
Where to see this painting?
National Museum Wales, National Museum Cardiff
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