Teverone Cascade, Carlo Bonavia

Carlo Bonavia (Italian, active 1751–1788) Teverone Cascade, 1787 Oil on canvas Gift of the Samuel H. Kress Foundation, 1961 (2992.1) Neapolitan painter Carlo Bonavia, known for his dramatic and emotional style, explores the sublime and enduring power of nature in this work depicting the falls of Italy’s Teverone River. Water forcefully rushes over the monumental rocks as peasants fish and relax on the jagged riverbanks in the foreground. The ruins of a Roman aqueduct above the cascade provide a poignant reminder of the brevity of human endeavor relative to the lasting presence of nature.