Although the present drawing is topographically accurate, Cruyl was at times less literal in his representations, freely adapting and embellishing Italian views to create a series of capricci; in a second version of this view, previously on the Dutch art market,2 the artist added a fictitious triumphal arch in the foreground.
For further information on this intriguing artist and his works, see Barbara Jatta, Lievin Cruyl e La Sua Opera Grafica. Un'Artista Fiammingo nell'Italia Del Seicento, Turnhout 1992.
1. see H. Franci, 'Drawings by Lieven Cruyl of Rome', in The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art, no. 10, 1943, pp. 152-9
2. Sale, Amsterdam, Christie's, 12 November 1990, lot 108
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