History And Context
After working several years in France, Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot embarked for Italy in 1825. View from the Farnese Gardens, Rome was created in 1826, along with two well-known paintings in the Louvre, The Colosseum from Farnese Gardens and Forum from the Farnese Gardens. Corot made frequent visits to the Palatine Hill, where he devoted some fifteen painting sessions to the three studies, working on the Phillips sketch in the morning, then turning his attention to the Colosseum at midday and to the Forum in the afternoon. For Duncan Phillips, it was the “special distinction of Corot that he combines what is best in naturalism and classicism.” For this reason he was a seminal link between past and modern art.