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Painting Title Classical Ruins with Figures
Collection York Art Gallery
Artist Manner of Panini, Giovanni Paolo (Italian painter, architect, and scenographer, 1691-1765)
Previously attributed to Servandoni, Giovanni Niccolò (Italian architect, painter, and scenographer in France, 1695-1766)
Date Earliest possibly about 1750
Date Latest possibly about 1800
Description Classical ruins with four figures: a woman and three Roman soldiers. In the 18th century many painters (especially Italian) composed landscapes with either views of actual Roman ruins or, more often, so called 'Capriccios', architectural fantasies, placing together ancient ruins and other architectural elements (e.g. sculptures) in fictional combinations. These were especially popular with Grand Tourists. Giovanni Paolo Panini was a painter and architect, who worked in Rome mainly as one of the view painters called vedutisti. He also taught perspective at the French Academy of Rome; his art was followed by some French painters active in the second half of the 18th century.
Current Accession Number YORAG : 956
Subject landscape; figure
Measurements 119.4 x 109 cm
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Given by York 'B' Group Hospitals Management Committee, 1960.
Provenance Moorlands House, Haxby, York.
Publications PREVIEW. City of York Art Gallery Quarterly, 50, April 1960, vol. XIII, p. 476; York Art Gallery Catalogue - Catalogue of Paintings, Vol. III: English and European 19th and 20th centuries, The Reserve Collection, City of York Art Gallery, York, 1974, p. 106 as manner of Pannini.
Notes Mr. Edward Grosvenor Tew bought Moorlands House and estate in 1909 and in 1940 it was acquired by the Retreat in York for use as a hospital. Between 1955 and 1974 it served as additional accomodation for the York 'B' Group Hospital Management Committee.
Rights Owner York Museums Trust (York Art Gallery)
Author Dr Magdalena Łanuszka



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