Objet phare des musées de Grasse

Museum of Art and History of Provence

Villa d'Este

05 June 2014 / 16h45

François-Marius Granet

Villa d'Este

Ca. 1802 - 1804 - oil on canvas

Museum of the Art and History of Provence - donation by J. Zoubaloff

Inv. 97 575

An artist from Aix, Marius Granet left for Rome in 1802, visiting the Piedmont, Naples, Assisi, Tivoli, Viterbo and Florence. He stayed in Italy for nearly twenty years. He met his wife there and only returned a few times to France, either to Paris or to Aix-en-Provence. He was delighted by the Italian landscape and fascinated by the light and colours he found there. In Italy, he painted Villa d'Este, as well as a number of cloisters, monasteries, church interiors and crypts, which he particularly appreciated for their hushed atmosphere and chiaroscuro.

The Museum of the Art and History of Provence owns an important set of paintings, drawings and engravings by this artist, who remained deeply attached to Provence.