Villa-Sciarra,Roma, 8 x 10 in. Oil

Villa Sciarra, Roma, 8 x 10 in. Oil

Villa-Sciarra,Roma, 8 x 10 in. Oil

Villa Sciarra, Roma, 8 x 10 in. Oil

I had a wonderful couple sessions making this landscape painting at the Villa Sciarra, which is a a surprisingly quiet park in Rome, Italy named for the villa at its center. It is located  bit up a hill from the  neighborhood of Trastevere. It’s full of sculptures, gardens, fountains and a playground.  I painted with my Roman painting friends that day, and they actually provided a small feast for our lunch. I was introduced to a delicious treat that day – dipping sweet cookies into red wine, which was unbelievably good!

 

Delicious dolce treat! cookies dipped in red wine.

The first owner of the park area was Cardinal Antonio Barberini  who used it mainly  as a farm. In 1811 the property was acquired by the Colonna di Sciarra, who gave the villa its current name. The last owners, George Wurts and his wife Henrietta , established the land as a botanic garden and aviary complex embellished with an original sculptural decoration coming from an 18th-century Lombard villa near Milan. The park was given to Benito Mussolini by the widowed Henrietta in 1932 on condition it became a public park.

Villa Sciara picnic.

Villa Sciara picnic.

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