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In 1802 Granet went to Rome to study at the French Academy, housed in the Villa Medici. Like a number of students, he had a studio in the convent of the Santissima Trinità dei Monti church next-door. This experience may have been the inspiration for this painting. Granet's precision of execution and atmospheric portrayal of light add to the ethereal effect and the sense of order and serenity. However, the calm and ordered nature of the scene is in strong contrast to the actual convent environment in which Granet would have been working.
oil on canvas
H 99 x W 76.8 cm
bequeathed by the Founders, 1885