Skip Navigation

Landscape in the Roman Campagna

Charles-François Daubigny

European Art

On View:
In this panoramic view of sky and earth, Daubigny explores the shifting patterns of light and shade that enliven the landscape as darkened clouds move across the sky. He further enhances the sensation of movement by cropping the cloud line, suggesting that the billowing masses glide beyond the picture plane and into the viewer’s space. Executed early in Daubigny’s career, this work, with its hard-edged contours and seamless surface, reveals the painter’s training in Neoclassical landscape. Later works by Daubigny on display in these galleries demonstrate his move toward the gestural handling of naturalistic landscape painting, and away from the idealization seen here.
MEDIUM Oil on paper mounted on canvas
  • Place Made: Europe
  • DATES 1836
    DIMENSIONS 16 1/8 × 33 7/8 in. (41 × 86 cm) frame: 21 × 38 1/2 × 2 3/4 in. (53.3 × 97.8 × 7 cm)  (show scale)
    SIGNATURE Signed lower left: "Daubigny"
    COLLECTIONS European Art
    CREDIT LINE Healy Purchase Fund B and Gift of Miss Isabel Shults, by exchange
    PROVENANCE Prior to 1990, provenance not yet documented; by October 12, 1990, acquired by Fischer-Kiener Gallery, Paris, France; 1991, purchased from Fischer-Kiener Gallery by the Brooklyn Museum.
    Provenance FAQ
    MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
    CAPTION Charles-François Daubigny (Paris, France, 1817–1878, Paris, France). Landscape in the Roman Campagna, 1836. Oil on paper mounted on canvas, 16 1/8 × 33 7/8 in. (41 × 86 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Healy Purchase Fund B and Gift of Miss Isabel Shults, by exchange, 1991.214 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 1991.214_SL3.jpg)
    IMAGE overall, 1991.214_SL3.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph, 2015
    "CUR" at the beginning of an image file name means that the image was created by a curatorial staff member. These study images may be digital point-and-shoot photographs, when we don\'t yet have high-quality studio photography, or they may be scans of older negatives, slides, or photographic prints, providing historical documentation of the object.
    RIGHTS STATEMENT No known copyright restrictions
    This work may be in the public domain in the United States. Works created by United States and non-United States nationals published prior to 1923 are in the public domain, subject to the terms of any applicable treaty or agreement. You may download and use Brooklyn Museum images of this work. Please include caption information from this page and credit the Brooklyn Museum. If you need a high resolution file, please fill out our online application form (charges apply). The Museum does not warrant that the use of this work will not infringe on the rights of third parties, such as artists or artists' heirs holding the rights to the work. It is your responsibility to determine and satisfy copyright or other use restrictions before copying, transmitting, or making other use of protected items beyond that allowed by "fair use," as such term is understood under the United States Copyright Act. The Brooklyn Museum makes no representations or warranties with respect to the application or terms of any international agreement governing copyright protection in the United States for works created by foreign nationals. For further information about copyright, we recommend resources at the United States Library of Congress, Cornell University, Copyright and Cultural Institutions: Guidelines for U.S. Libraries, Archives, and Museums, and Copyright Watch. For more information about the Museum's rights project, including how rights types are assigned, please see our blog posts on copyright. If you have any information regarding this work and rights to it, please contact
    Not every record you will find here is complete. More information is available for some works than for others, and some entries have been updated more recently. Records are frequently reviewed and revised, and we welcome any additional information you might have.