View of Villa Capizucchi in Rome, with the Porta Pia at the left, Daniël Dupré, 1787

View of Villa Capizucchi in Rome, with the Porta Pia at the left, Daniël Dupré, 1787

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Here we see Dupré at his best as a draughtsman. The somewhat old-fashioned appearance of his early work, which betrays his former occupation as a wall hanging painter, has given way to a tautly drawn composition with a sophisticated alternating of light and dark, and highly elaborate yet unfussy detailing. At the left is the Porta Pia, the last structure that Michelangelo designed in his last years.