Description George Stillman Hillard wrote of Lake Albano in "Six Months in Italy," Boston, 1856, p. 403: "This lake is one of the most beautiful sheets of water in Italy or anywhere else. It is about six miles in circumference and fills up the crater of an extinguished volcano. Its form is nearly circular and its outline as symmetrical as if shaped by the hand of art...A landscape painter might study here to great advantage to important elements of his art- the character of foliage, and the effects of shadows upon water." Pastina has observed these features in this small, oval painting of the scenic view. The spandrels created by the oval format on the rectangular canvas have been painted gold.
Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Inscriptions [Inscription] On reverse in ink: Lago di Castelgandolfi Pastina
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902
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