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101

Circle of Giovanni Paolo Panini

An architectural capriccio with a preaching apostle and figures before ruins, including the pyramid of Gaius Cestius, Trajan's column and the arch of Janus

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Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 USD

Property from a New York Collection, Sold Without Reserve

Circle of Giovanni Paolo Panini

Circle of Giovanni Paolo Panini

An architectural capriccio with a preaching apostle and figures before ruins, including the pyramid of Gaius Cestius, Trajan's column and the arch of Janus

An architectural capriccio with a preaching apostle and figures before ruins, including the pyramid of Gaius Cestius, Trajan's column and the arch of Janus

Estimate:

8,000

to
- 12,000 USD

Lot sold:

25,200

USD

Property from a New York Collection, Sold Without Reserve

Circle of Giovanni Paolo Panini

An architectural capriccio with a preaching apostle and figures before ruins, including the pyramid of Gaius Cestius, Trajan's column and the arch of Janus 


oil on canvas

canvas: 42 ⅜ by 39 ¾ in.; 107.6 by 101 cm.  

framed: 48 ⅞ by 47 ¾ in.; 124.1 by 121.3 cm.  

The canvas is lined and is stable on its stretcher. The decorative image reads well overall, with many details well-preserved, beneath an old and yellowed varnish. The painting has not been recently restored. There are some faint vertical lines to the canvas that appear in raking light, though these are not distracting. There is a very small loss in the lower right corner, and a repair near the upper left edge. Inspection under UV reveals a somewhat milky varnish that impedes some inspection. Much of the more recent restoration is concentrated in the sky, and some of these retouches, which are somewhat broadly applied in areas, have discolored and are visible to the naked eye. There are some additional very small and scattered spots of retouching here and there in the architectural features in the foreground and along the left edge. Some spots are visible along the edges to address old frame abrasion, one spot of retouching in the lower column near center, but otherwise the remaining spots are few and far between and are largely cosmetic. Offered in gilt frame with some decorative elements.


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Anonymous sale, London, Christie's, 19 March 1982, lot 13 (as G.P. Panini).

This composition was explored on a few occasions by Giovanni Paolo Panini most often in a horizontal format.1 Members of his workshop and close circle, though, are thought to have created vertical versions of the scene, as visible in the present example.  


1. See F. Arisi, Gian Paolo Panini e i fasti della Roma del '700, Rome 1986, pp. 444-445, cat nos. 430-432.