Site in Italy
Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
On View

Corot lived in Italy from 1825 to 1828 but painted this picture over a decade later, back in Paris, from memory and imagination. He turned for inspiration (and competition) to the 17th-century master Claude Lorrain, father of French classical landscape, who had spent his career in Italy. With its goatherd and flock, its trees, water and distant citadel all bathed in golden light, this picture is among the most compelling products of Corot’s engagement with Claude. He likely exhibited it at the Paris Salon of 1839, and although his own style took a more distinctive, modern turn in the 1840s, he remained true to the old master’s methods.


  • Artist Name: Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot (French, 1796-1875)
  • Title: Site in Italy
  • Date: 1839
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Dimensions: 21-1/4 x 32 in. (54 x 81.3 cm)
  • Credit Line: The Norton Simon Foundation, Gift of Donald Ellis Simon
  • Accession Number: F.1971.1.2.P
  • Copyright: © The Norton Simon Foundation

Object Information

Madame Jessé, Versailles, 1876.
Louis Sarlin, Paris, by 1910 (sale, Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 2 March 1918, lot 8, ill., as Lac d'Italie, signed lower right; sale did not take place, sold en bloc to;)
Wilhelm Hansen, Copenhagen;
[Georges Bernheim et Cie, Paris, by 1928].
?[Paul Rosenberg, Paris].
Alphonse Kann (1868-1948), Saint Germain-en-Laye.
[Arthur Tooth & Sons, London, sold May, 1963 to;]
[E.V. Thaw & Co., New York, sold 8 July 1963 to;]
Donald Ellis Simon, Los Angeles, gift 1971 to;
The Norton Simon Foundation.


  • Paris, 1839 to

Exposition de chefs d'oeuvre de l'école française: Vingt peintres du XIXe siècle. . . au profit de l'assistance aux Militaires Coloniaux et Légionnaires

  • Paris, Galerie Georges Petit, 1910-05-02 to 1910-05-31

[on loan]

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1970-07 to 1971-05

[on loan]

  • Minneapolis, Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1971-05-21 to 1972-09-28

Exposition d'oeuvres de Camille J.-B. Corot (1796-1875): Figures et paysages d'Italie au profit de la Bibliothèque d'art & d'archéologie de l'Université de Paris

  • Paris, Paul Rosenberg, 1928-06-06 to 1928-07-07

Images of the Landscape, Barbizon and Impressionist Paintings from the Permanent Collection

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1987-07-02 to 1989-10-29

Special Exhibition for the College Art Association (Mr. and Mrs. Norton Simon Collection)

  • Los Angeles County Museum of Art, 1965-01-18 to 1965-04-16

Reinstallation of South Wing

  • Norton Simon Museum, 1993-10-07 to 1995-08-13

Three Centuries of French Art: Selections from The Norton Simon, Inc. Museum of Art and The Norton Simon Foundation_1

  • California Palace of the Legion of Honor, 1973-05-03 to 1976-06-15
  • Robaut, Alfred, L'Oeuvre de Corot, 1905, no. 371 p. 137
  • Morse, John D., Old Master Paintings in North America, 1979, p. 62
  • Masterpieces from the Norton Simon Museum, 1989, p. 116
  • Brettell, Richard R. and Stephen F. Eisenman, Nineteenth-Century Art in the Norton Simon Museum, volume 1, 2006,
  • Campbell, Sara, Collector Without Walls: Norton Simon and His Hunt for the Best, 2010, cat. 150 p. 263
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Additional Artwork by Artist

Farm Building at Bois-Guillaume, near Rouen Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot c. 1823-1824
La Cigale (The Grasshopper) Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot 1865-1875
Rebecca at the Well Jean-Baptiste Camille Corot 1838-1839

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