CAULLERY, Louis de
(b. ca. 1580, Caullery, d. 1621, Antwerpen)

A View of the Campidoglio, Rome

Oil on panel, 50 x 71 cm
Private collection

This painting depicts the Campidoglio following the implementation of Michelangelo's extensive plans for the remodeling of the piazza, largely completed in 1549. Though an imagined column, perhaps intended as Trajan's Column, has been added upper left, the view is otherwise faithful. Michelangelo's distinctive paving design was not, in fact, laid until the 1940s.