Insights 5



Napoleon Bonaparte commissioned the Pincio Gardens
as the first public park for the people of Rome.
They have been a venue for relaxing and taking one's leisure ever since.

       Camillo Innocenti        
1871-1961 )

Playing at the Pincio

Oil on canvas, cm 52,5 x 82,5,  signed bottom right: C. Innocenti. Villa Borghese
Camillo Innocenti, one of the most important painters in Rome at the turn of the 19th century, closely followed international trends in art, and Divionism in particular.
In this idyllic picture which can be dated to the early 1930s, two children are playing on a warm summer's day in an area of the Pincio Gardens that we can identify thanks to the presence of the celebrated water clock in the background on the right.


A fascinating twist is given to the painting by the hose plied by the hands of gardener who is himself "off stage", as it were, while the true protagonist of the painting is the water reflecting and breaking up the light in a skilled play of colours – a legacy of Divisionism.
The water clock, one of two in Rome, was designed by Father Giovanni Battista Embriaco in 1867 and built by the Granaglia brothers. It was installed in the Pincio Gardens in 1873.
July 20, 2021