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GIOVANNI PAOLO PANINI (Piacenza 1691-1765 Rome)
GIOVANNI PAOLO PANINI (Piacenza 1691-1765 Rome)

A capriccio of Roman ruins with the Parable of the Fishes

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GIOVANNI PAOLO PANINI (Piacenza 1691-1765 Rome)
A capriccio of Roman ruins with the Parable of the Fishes
signed and dated 'P.PANINI 1744' (center left, on the sarcophagus)
oil on canvas
25 5/8 x 33 7/8 in. (65 x 86 cm.)
Provenance
Private collection, Cleveland, Ohio.
Private collection, New York.
Literature
F. Arisi, Gian Paolo Panini e i fasti della Roma del' 700, Rome, 1986, p. 402, no. 341, illustrated.
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Please note the following additional Provenance:
Anon. Sale, Sotheby's, New York, 17 January 1985, lot 134.

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The present composition repeats that of a slightly smaller picture in the Nelson Gallery of Art, Kansas City, Missouri (signed and dated 1744, 51 x 67 cm.; Arisi, op. cit., p. 401, no. 340). There are some minor differences in the staffage between the two: here the young boy runs with both arms raised, while the woman on the right carries the basket on her head rather than under her arm. A preparatory sketch for the woman is in the British Museum, London (folio 77).

Arisi notes that composition itself is partly derived from a painting in the Almagià collection, Rome, a work that he attributes to Panini (working in the style of Giovanni Ghisolfi) but which is ascribed by others to Ghisolfi himself (ibid., p. 238, no. 42, for a fuller discussion).
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