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Luce Foundation Center for American Art

Painting: 18th century: Marine

18th century
Unidentified artist,
oil on canvas
sight 12 3/4 x 18 1/8 in. (32.4 x 46.0 cm)
Smithsonian American Art Museum, Museum acquisition

An unknown artist painted this image of an Italian port in the eighteenth century. Many American artists traveled to Europe during the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries to learn from the old-master paintings in the museums of Paris, London, and Rome. British and American clients bought images of distant landscapes and figures, and even artists who couldn’t afford to make the trip would copy the engravings and paintings of those who did.

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