• Old Master & 19th Century Pain auction at Christies

    Sale 7783

    Old Master & 19th Century Paintings, Drawings & Watercolours Day Sale

    9 December 2009, London, King Street

  • Lot 258

    Giovanni Paolo Panini (Piacenza 1691-1765 Rome) and Studio

    A capriccio of classical ruins of the Roman Forum with figures conversing amongst architectural fragments

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    Giovanni Paolo Panini (Piacenza 1691-1765 Rome) and Studio
    A capriccio of classical ruins of the Roman Forum with figures conversing amongst architectural fragments
    oil on canvas
    33¼ x 25 3/8 in. (84.5 x 64.5 cm.)


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    When offered in these Rooms in 1992, Professor Ferdinando Arisi suggested, on the basis of photographs, the possible intervention of a collaborator in the left part of the picture, i.e. the bas-reliefs, the statue and the vegetation.
    We are grateful to Professor David Marshall for also commenting on the painting on the basis of photographs, pointing out that it appears to have been painted in Panini's workshop, 'in a real sense', with either close supervision by him and possibly some partecipation. Professor Marshall adds that the composition clearly derives from a prototype that Panini must have kept in his workshop, and that the subject is the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina in the Forum, with an unusual treatment of the superstructure.

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    Provenance

    Anonymous sale; Christie's, London, 10 July 1992, lot 290, as 'Giovanni Paolo Panini'.