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Creator Joseph Wright of Derby, 1734–1797, British, active in Italy (1773–75)
Title Lake Nemi
Alternate Title(s) Nemi
Date between 1790 and 1795
Medium Oil on canvas
Dimensions 14 1/4 x 21 1/2 inches (36.2 x 54.6 cm)
Credit Line Yale Center for British Art, Paul Mellon Collection
Accession Number B1981.25.716
Collection Paintings and Sculpture
Curatorial Comment Lake Nemi, the pendant to Wright’s view of Lake Albano (B1981.25.717), was probably made in the early 1790s, some fifteen years after Wright’s Italian tour of 1773 to 1775. There is a framing tree to the right, while to the left is the town of Nemi itself. In antiquity the lake was sacred to Diana whose sanctuary stood on it banks. The contrast between the two paintings is partly compositional, but extends also to the contrasting times of day in correspondingly cool and warm keys: where Lake Albano is seen in morning light, Lake Nemi is bathed in a warm evening glow. This was a model that Wright undoubtedly knew from his study of the paintings of Richard Wilson, and both compositions, Lake Nemi and Lake Albano, in their careful framing and alternating climatic conditions, reflect similar pairs by Wilson.
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Subject Terms boats | buildings | evening | Grand Tour | Italian | lake | landscape | light | road | sailboat | seamen | water
Place Represented Italy | Lake Nemi | Lazio | Roma

Malcolm Cormack, A Concise Catalogue of Paintings in the Yale Center for British Art, Yale Center for British Art, New Haven, CT, 1985, pp. 264, 265, N590.2 A83 (YCBA)

Judy Egerton, Wright of Derby, Tate Publishing, London, 1990, p. 185, no. 115, NJ18 W95 +E54 1990 Oversize (YCBA)

Historic Trends in English Painting, The Times (London), Friday, December 2, 1966, p. 20, Available Online : Times Digital Archive , Also available on microfilm : An T48.2 (SML)

Catherine M. Gordon, British paintings Hogarth to Turner, Frederick Warne, London, 1981, p. 78, ND466 G67 (YCBA)

Richard Wilson and the transformation of European landscape painting, Yale University Press, New Haven, 2014, p. 322, Cat. No. 152, NJ18.W72 R53 2014 OVERSIZE (YCBA)

Jason Rosenfeld, To Rival Claude, Apollo, vol. 180, July August 2014, p. 93, N1 A54 (YCBA)

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