Barbieri, inspired by the Arcadian landscapes of 17th century classicism, attempted to imbue an ideal dawn landscape with a sense of serenity. Calori, who finished his painting on a single day, 15 August 1818, paints an open landscape with a backdrop of a mountain and a classical-era city, at whose foot flows a river on whose banks several young girls dance to the sound of a flute. Vighi painted a small Apennine landscape, with realistic detail and a photographic perspective. The atmosphere is heady with colours that herald an imminent thunderstorm, and reflect a romantic view of nature, much as in Constable’s paintings.
Photo credits: Andrea Scardova.