PANNINI, Giovanni Paolo
(b. 1691, Piacenza, d. 1765, Roma)
Gallery of Views of Ancient Rome1758
Oil on canvas, 231 x 303 cm
Musée du Louvre, Paris
In the Gallery of Views of Ancient Rome and its pendant Gallery of Views of Modern Rome, Pannini offers the viewer two imaginary museums assembling in one case the most glorious ruins of ancient Rome, and in the other the masterpieces of modern Rome. The art of ancient Rome is shown as a boundless source of inspiration and innovation for modern artists.