Lot 155
  • 155

Giovanni Paolo Panini

10,000 - 15,000 USD
375,000 USD
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  • Giovanni Paolo Panini
  • A Roman architectural Capriccio, including the Marcus Aurelius equestrian statue and an arched colonnade
  • Pen and gray ink and gray and brown wash over traces of black chalk;
    signed with initials in pen and brown ink, lower left:  I.P.P. and bears numbering in red chalk on the backing:  no211
  • 250 by 360 mm; 9 7/8  by 14¼ in


Pierre-Jean Mariette (L.1852),
his sale, Paris, F. Basan, 15 November 1775- 30 January 1776, lot 563;
Defer-Dumesnil (L.739);
sale, London, Sotheby's, 9 April 1981, lot 101

Catalogue Note

This handsome sheet, so expressive and grand in its combination of architectural elements and complimentary figures represents the Eternal City in all its glory. Its grandeur and opulence certainly captivated one of history's finest and most renowned collectors, Pierre-Jean Mariette (1694-1774).  Mariette was a great admirer of Panini's architectural capricci, and many works by the artist appeared in the sale of his remarkable drawings collection.1

Panini was an expert at combining various architectural motifs producing elegant and convincing views that blended daily life with the monuments of the past.  The demand for finished drawings like this was very high among 18th century collectors and they were often framed and hung on the walls like paintings.

1. Sale, Paris, Basan, 15 November 1775 - 30 January 1776, lots 558-574