European Art
Artist: Giovanni Paolo Panini, Italian, Rome, 1691–1765

A Capriccio of the Roman Forum

1741

Oil on canvas

170.8 x 217.8 cm (67 1/4 x 85 3/4 in.), framed: 192.4 x 240 x 4.4 cm (75 3/4 x 94 1/2 x 1 3/4 in.)
Stephen Carlton Clark, B.A. 1903, Fund
1964.41

<EM>Capriccii</EM>, or fantasy scenes, were a popular form of landscape painting in the eighteenth century. Frequently they incorporated recognizable buildings or archaeological monuments in arrangements not meant to be topographically accurate. This masterpiece by Giovanni Paolo Panini is based on a view of the Roman Forum from the west and includes the ruins of the Arch of Titus and the Temples of Castor and Pollux, Saturn, and the Divine Vespasian. Interspersed with these landmarks are fragments of classical sculpture from various collections and figures emblematic of the transitory nature of human endeavors.

Culture: 
Italian, Rome
Period: 
18th century
Classification: 
Paintings
Status: 
Not on view
Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.

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