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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SERGEI TCHOBAN, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE MUSEUM OF ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING, BERLIN

Giovanni Paolo Panini
ROMAN CAPRICCIO WITH THE TEMPLE OF CONCORD
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 13,750 USD
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PROPERTY FROM THE COLLECTION OF SERGEI TCHOBAN, SOLD TO BENEFIT THE MUSEUM OF ARCHITECTURAL DRAWING, BERLIN

Giovanni Paolo Panini
ROMAN CAPRICCIO WITH THE TEMPLE OF CONCORD
Estimate
10,00015,000
LOT SOLD. 13,750 USD
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Details & Cataloguing

Old Master Drawings

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Giovanni Paolo Panini
PIACENZA 1691 - 1765 ROME
ROMAN CAPRICCIO WITH THE TEMPLE OF CONCORD
Pen and brown, gray and black ink and brown and gray wash, heightened with white, over black chalk, within pen and brown ink framing lines;
bears signature (signed?) in pen and brown ink, lower right: Panini
332 by 235 mm; 13 1/8  by 9 1/4  in
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Provenance

Sale, Paris, Christie's, 21 November 2007, lot 35,
where acquired by the present owner

Exhibited

Frankfurt, Deutsches Architekturmuseum DAM, Architectural Worlds. Sergei Tchoban-Draftsman and Collector, 2010, no. 40;
Moscow, The Pushkin State Museum of Fine Arts, The Golden Age of Architectural Graphic Art Drawings by European Masters of the 18th -19th Centuries from the Sergei Tchoban Collection, 2010, no. 12;
St. Petersburg, The State Hermitage Museum, Architectural Library, 2012, no. 82
Moscow, State Tretyakov Gallery, Only Italy! Architectural Graphic Art of the 18th-21st Centuries, 2014, p.72, no. 1

Catalogue Note

Giovanni Paolo Panini was one of the greatest exponents of that artistic sleight of hand by which real architectural monuments are combined into a composition that seems for all the world like a topographically accurate depiction of a famous place, but is actually an entirely imaginary capriccio.  This was a time honoured artistic device, employed by everyone from medieval manuscript illuminators to 17th century Dutch landscape painters, but the demand for such capricci filled with images of important antique relics reached its height during the 18th century, as Grand Tourists sought to acquire paintings that captured the essence of the scenes and monuments that they had seen on their travels.

Here, in this fine capriccio, Panini depicts the Temple of Concord, which fills the right side of his composition.  As in so many of his fantastical creations, Panini populates his scene with figures who can be seen both resting and meandering through the ruins.
Another similarly constructed composition, including the Temple of Concord, is in Toronto in the Art Gallery of Ontario (Inv. no. 70/147).

Old Master Drawings

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