ZAIS, Giuseppe
(b. 1709, Forno di Canale, d. 1781, Treviso)

Ancient Ruins with a Great Arch and a Column

1735-40
Oil on canvas, 91 x 201 cm
Gallerie dell'Accademia, Venice

In Venice, as elsewhere in the eighteenth century, there was a vogue for paintings of ruins, much admired by travellers on the Grand Tour, who came to Italy to see landscapes filled with relics of the past.