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    Sale 12109

    Old Masters

    26 October 2016, New York, Rockefeller Plaza

  • Lot 84

    Giovanni Paolo Panini (Piacenza 1691-1765 Rome)

    A capriccio of classical ruins with the Pyramid of Cestius beyond

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    Giovanni Paolo Panini (Piacenza 1691-1765 Rome)
    A capriccio of classical ruins with the Pyramid of Cestius beyond
    oil on canvas
    38 ¾ x 29 ¾ in. (98.4 x 75.5 cm.)


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    We are grateful to Professor David Marshall for confirming the attribution to Giovanni Paolo Panini on the basis of photographs. Professor Marshall has suggested a dating of around 1716-1718, based on the angular handling of the relief and the striking similarity of the present composition to the Architectural capriccio with the Pyramid of Cestius in the Galleria Manzoni, Milan, which probably dates to around 1718-1720 (see F. Arisi, Gian Paolo Panini e i fasti della Roma del '700, Rome, 1986, p. 283, no. 121). It can also be compared to The sermon of the apostle in the Ashmolean Museum, Oxford (see op. cit., p. 287, no. 130).

    Provenance

    Private collection, Chicago.
    Amelia Parker, Minnesota, c. 1930, and by descent to
    Kenneth Parker, 1966, and by descent to the present owner.


    Pre-Lot Text

    Property from a Private Collection, Minnesota