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Lake Nemi

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The spectacularly beautiful scenery of Lake Nemi, near Rome, enthralled the ancients. Virgil and Ovid wrote of it, and Roman emperors erected villas along its shores. Caligula even built floating barges from which to enjoy the three-mile (4.8-kilometer) circumference of the nearly perfectly...

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Lower right: Inness Rome 1872


1872, commissioned by Mr. and Mrs. Aaron D. (1825-1899) and Susan F. Williams, Roxbury, Mass.; after 1899, sold by Susan F. Williams to Clara L. Hersey (b. 1856) and her sister, Ada H. Hersey (1859-1954) as a gift for their parents, Mr. and Mrs. Charles Henry Hersey (1831-1916), Roxbury; after 1916, by descent to Miss Ada H. Hersey, Roxbury; 1949, gift of the Misses Hersey to the MFA. (Accession date: May 12, 1949)

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Gift of the Misses Hersey



75.56 x 113.98 cm (29 3/4 x 44 7/8 in.)

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Oil on canvas