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Views from Villa Guilia

Views from Villa Guilia by Giacomo Barozzi da Vignola, Bartolomeo Ammanati, and Giorgio Vasari in Rome, Italy.

This was intended to be a refreshing respite from the hot dinginess of the city. I’m sure it was incredible ‘back-in-the-day’, but these days, the water garden grotto was more of a swampy pit. I imagine it’s hard to up-keep when they don’t charge admission… Overall, the place was in decent condition, it just needed a good scrub and some patches here and there. You couldn’t actually access the Nymphaeum grotto area (bottom middle) with the statues-which is exactly where I wanted to be on that sweaty afternoon, but the semi-circular Vignola courtyard (top right) was nice and shady and fairly impressive as a sketch (I did the procession-view style, so mine doesn’t do it justice. Some of my students got nice drawings out of it though!).

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