Arts & Culture

Ancient Rome

Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, Piacenza 1691–1765 Rome)1757

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
The Metropolitan Museum of Art

This is a pendant to "Modern Rome" and shows the most famous ancient monuments in the city. It was painted for Count de Stainville, later the Duke de Choiseul, who is shown in the center with a guidebook in hand. Panini shows himself behind the chair. The figures are admiring a copy of the "Aldobrandini Wedding"—one of the most admired ancient frescoes. The Pantheon, the Coliseum, Trajan's column, the Farnese Hercules, and the Laocoön can be readily identified.

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Details

  • Title: Ancient Rome
  • Date Created: 1757
  • Physical Dimensions: w2299 x h1721 x d127 mm
  • Type: Paintings
  • External Link: MMA
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • provenance extent: Complete
  • provenance: ?Hubert Robert (until d. 1808; sale, Paillet, Paris, April 5, 1809, no. 9, as "Rome antique" and "Rome moderne," each 64 x 72 pouces [68 x 77 in.], purchased by Paillet before auction for Fr 2,801); ?[Alexandre Paillet, Paris, 1809–14; posthumous sale, Paris, June 2, 1814, no. 47, as "Rome antique" and "Rome moderne", each 64 x 72 pouces, for Fr 1,000]; ?Casimir Périer, Paris; Arnold Baruchson, Liverpool (in 1857); A. Murray (until 1877; sale, Christie's, March 17, 1877, no. 115, "Ancient Rome," £152.5.0, to Lesser; no. 116, "Renaissance Rome," £189.0.0 to Waters); [Sedelmeyer, Paris, in 1896]; Camille Groult, Paris (until d. 1908); Groult collection (1908–52; sale, Galerie Charpentier, Paris, March 21, 1952, nos. 87 ["Rome Antique," 52.63.1] and 88 ["Rome au Temps de la Renaissance," 52.63.2], to Cailleux for MMA)
  • medium extent: Complete
  • inscription extent: Complete
  • inscription: Signed, dated, and inscribed (lower left, on pedestal): I· P· PANINI ROMÆ / 1757
  • credit line extent: Complete
  • credit line: Gwynne Andrews Fund, 1952
  • Artist: Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, Piacenza 1691–1765 Rome)

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