Giovanni Paolo Panini (Piacenza 1691-1765 Rome) , A capriccio of Roman ruins with the Pantheon, the Temple of Antonino and Faustina, the statue of Marco Aurelio, the Trajan Column, the Temple of Fortuna Virilis, the Temple of Vesta in Tivoli and figures conversing amongst architectural fragments. Photo
oil on canvas, 38 5/8 x 53¼ in. (98.1 x 135.2 cm.). Estimate £120,000 - £180,000. Price Realized £253,250
Provenance: Mary Upton Gaskell, Ingestre Hall, Cheshire; and by inheritance to her second daughter,
Frances Ann Jackson, née Palmer.
Mahmoud S. Rabbani, The Hague.
with Chaucer Fine Arts, London, 1990, from whom acquired by the present owner.
Literature: F. Arisi, Gian Paolo Panini, Soncino, 1992, p. 92, no. 28.
Exhibited: Haarlem, Frans Hals Museum, Herinneringen aan Italië, Kunst en toerisme in de 18de eeuw, 1984, p. 157, no. 87.
Notes: We are grateful to Professor David R. Marshall for confirming the attribution after inspection of the original, regarding it as a fine example from the artist's mid-career.
The composition is closely related to the Capriccio of Roman ruins, signed and dated 1737 (see F. Arisi, Gian Paolo Panini e i fasti della Roma del '700, Rome, 1986, p. 357, no. 251) in which the artist has substituted the sarcophagus and the Temple of Antonino and Faustina respectively with the Medici Vase and the Temple of Minerva Medica.
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