Adrian Stokes Piazza Sant’Eustachio, Rome 1955

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Artist
Adrian Stokes 1902–1972
Title
Piazza Sant’Eustachio, Rome
Date 1955
Medium Oil paint on canvas
Dimensions Support: 546 x 457 mm
Collection
Tate
Acquisition Purchased 1958
Reference
T00215
Not on display

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This piazza lies between the Pantheon and the church of S.Ivo, with that of S.Eustachio flanking its northern side. Like the human body, architecture had a special importance for Stokes, in the interplay it presented between part and whole. He delighted, too, in its articulation of exterior and interior space and in its orderly contrasts of texture. In 1965 he stated that ever since his first visit to Italy in 1922 it had seemed to him 'that behind all the masterpieces there lay a simple progression, the progression for instance that I then observed from a cobbled street to the smooth flanks of a building.'

September 2004

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