Woman and Donkey by a Roadside Shrine

This painting is typical of the work Chapman produced during his nearly three and half decades in Italy. Here, a woman in traditional Italian peasant costume kneels before a wayside shrine to the Virgin Mary in the Campagna outside Rome. The ruins of the Claudian Aqueduct are visible in the lower left corner of the […]

Grape Harvest

The Virginia-born painter John Gadsby Chapman is perhaps best known for his large canvas The Baptism of Pocahontas at Jamestown, Virginia, 1613 (1837-40), which hangs in the Rotunda of the U.S. Capitol.  Having established himself as a significant painter and illustrator, in 1848, Chapman and his family left the United States for Europe, settling in […]