Santa Susanna, Rome
17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988
Lloyd Rees travelled to Europe several times, first in 1923-24 when he acquired a particular love of France and Italy, and subsequently during the 1950s, 60s and 70s.
From Paris (during his first visit) Lloyd Rees, Daphne Mayo and Richard McCann, a Melbourne artist, took the train to Rome. 'It was the most magical day's travel I ever knew. After lunch, as we were speeding along, I became aware of the plains of Italy with their ochre-coloured cubistic buildings. We went right through Turin and on to Milan. We travelled by night down to Rome and our excitement was mounting when in the morning light, we saw fantastic towns built on hilltops - sometimes even mountain tops. I felt a great welling up within me - the awakening of the architectural sense which Rome gives you' (Lloyd Rees, Peaks and valleys, 1986, p 138).
Santa Susanna is on the Piazza di San Bernardo, on the Quirinal hill. It has a baroque façade by Carlo Maderno that was finished in 1603. It is the Catholic church for Americans in Rome.
pencil on ivory wove paper
29.9 x 23.2 cm sheet
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Alan & Jancis Rees, the artist's son and daughter-in-law 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
Not on display
© A&J Rees. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney