Art in Rome in the 18th Century, Philadelphia Museum of Art, 2000
Andrew Wilton, Grand Tour: Lure of Italy in the Eighteenth Century, 1996
A pair of landscapes with classical ruins and figures, Italian 18th century school. Oil on canvas in period giltwood frames, c. 1760.
These 'capriccio' or fantasy landscapes of improbable groupings of buildings and ruins in arcadian landscapes were popular with wealthy and aristocratic travellers in the 18th century on their 'Grand Tour' as souvenirs of their travels which they took back to decorate the walls of their grand houses. Artists who specialised in this genre of painting included Giovanni Paolo Panini, Claude-Joseph Vernet and Francesco Guardi.
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British and European paintings and sculpture from the 16th To 19th century