In the present work, he focuses on a quiet pathway at Rocca di Papa, which lies to the south of Rome within the Alban Hills. The subject is intimate and personal by nature but with the composition's combination of strange rock formations, gnarled trees, and the extreme contrasts between light and shade, it is easy to see why it appealed to this radical artist, who was once described by a contemporary as 'the strangest genius' he had ever seen.1
1. B. Ford, (Ed) J. Ingamells, A Dictionary of British and Irish Travellers in Italy 1701-1800, New Haven 1997, p. 946
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