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Accomplished 18th C. Roman School Grand Tour Architectural Ruins Painting

ca. 1770

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$9,500Asking Price

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The phenomenon of Italian ruin painting began in the mid-17th century, and is a Baroque development. It reached its Zenith in the mid-18th century, the genre’s best-known and most successful practitioner was the Roman artist Gian Paolo Panini. Ruin paintings, called capricci, were particular favorites of Grand Tourists. There were, of course, regional differences with this type of painting. Roman pictures treated ruins more as archaeology, while, to the south, in Naples, ruins were often more theatrical, the backdrop for picture’s dramatic action. This painting, whose old, engraved brass label attributes it to Panini, is a Roman type of Capriccio and appears to show archaeological excavations at the site of an ancient ruin. The scene is skillfully rendered, with correct perspective layout, interesting play of sunlight and shadows across the ancient architecture, and rich details, especially seen in marble columns. There is something in the impressionistic figures recalling French painters. However, because those painting figures are very often different than those painting the ruins, it reinforces the idea that this is a later 18th century picture in a lovely and unusual ebonized and gilded antique frame.

Details

  • Creation Year
    ca. 1770
  • Dimensions
    Height: 15.75 in. (40.01 cm)Width: 11 in. (27.94 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
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    Price: $9,500
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Condition
    The outside dimension of the magnificent 4.75" wide frame are 25" x 20". The painting has been cleaned with minor restorations..
  • Gallery Location
    Lafayette, CA
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2722710902

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