With its balancing of composition and colours of the figures in the foreground and the landscape in the background, Le villeggianti is considered one of Antonio Donghi’s most successful compositions. The work was first exhibited at the 1935 Rome Quadrennial of National Art together with another twenty-one canvases, and was displayed again at exhibitions in Paris and Berlin.
Leonardo Sinisgalli (editor), Antonio Donghi, Hoepli, Milan 1942, Plate XXI; Maurizio Fagiolo dell’Arco, Valerio Rivosecchi, Antonio Donghi. Vita e opere, Umberto Allemandi & C., Torino 1990, page 203, cat. 97; Bruno Mantura, Valerio Rivosecchi (editor), Antonio Donghi, 1897- 1963, De Luca, Roma, 1993, exhibition catalogue (Spoleto, Palazzo Racani Arroni, 30 June - 5 September 1993, Roma, Palazzo delle Esposizioni, September 22 –November 7, 1993), page 118, cat. 43.