ROMAN SCHOOL, 18TH CENTURY
A VIEW OF THE ROMAN FORUM
oil on canvas
canvas: 27⅞ by 52⅛ in.; 70.8 by 132.4 cm.
framed: 36 by 60½ in.; 91.4 by 153.7 cm.
The canvas is lined. An decorative image reads well underneath a dirty surface. Minor frame abrasions are visible along the left edge, though these are not too distracting. Inspection under UV reveals scattered retouches to the sky, with a spots of repair here and there, like in the center of the sky, and another at bottom center below the dog. Painting is in overall good condition give its size. Offered framed.
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This composition draws its inspiration from Panini's View of the Roman Forum acquired by Professor René Küss from Galerie Heim, Paris.1
1. Oil on canvas, 67 by 119 cm. See F. Arisi, Gian Paolo Panini, Piacenza 1961, pp. 123-4, cat. no. 48, reproduced fig. 80.