It is impossible to determine the name of the author of this landscape, but the unknown artist probably painted this view of Tivoli in Rome around 1675. The similarity in composition between this work and the same view by Gaspard Dughet, now in the Molinari Pradelli collection and exhibited in the Uffizi in 2012, cannot be ignored. This suggests that the author may also have been himself a Flemish artist in Rome at the time. The cloudy background and the atmosphere are very dense, but on the other hand, the brushstrokes defining the trees are fast and free; from the thick mantle of trees, some architectures rise, making possible the identification of the town of Tivoli, such as the Gregorian Bridge on the left and the Temple of Vesta on the opposite side of the painting.
Bibl.: A. Mazza (a cura di), Le stanze delle muse. Dipinti barocchi dalla collezione di Francesco Molinari Pradelli. Catalogo della mostra (Firenze, 11 febbraio – 11 maggio 2014), Giunti Editore, 2014.