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Title

Santa Susanna, Rome

(1924)

Artist

Lloyd Rees

Australia

17 Mar 1895 - 02 Dec 1988

  • Details

    Date
    (1924)
    Media category
    Drawing
    Materials used
    pencil on ivory wove paper
    Dimensions
    29.9 x 23.2 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Alan & Jancis Rees, the artist's son and daughter-in-law 2014. Donated through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    203.2014
    Copyright
    © A&J Rees. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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  • About

    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.

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