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Title A Roman Capriccio
Alternative Title Capriccio of Ruins and Classical Buildings; Ruins and Figures - Outskirts of Rome near the Tomb of Cecilia Metalla
Collection Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead
Artist After Bellotto, Bernardo (Italian painter and draftsman, 1721-1780)
Attributed to Bellotto, Bernardo (Italian painter and draftsman, 1721-1780)
Date Earliest possibly about 1750
Date Latest possibly about 1775
Description This work is one of many extant copies and versions of this composition, probably after a lost original by Canaletto. Bernardo Bellotto was a nephew and pupil of Canaletto, and his early style was very similar. In this work he has combined architectural elements from both Rome and Padua, creating an imaginary capriccio. Later in his career, Bellotto became renowned for his magnificant townscapes of the cities of central Europe. After World War II, his paintings were fundamental to the rebuilding of Warsaw.
Current Accession Number TWCMS:C187
Former Accession Number SAG 387
Subject townscape; buildings and gardens; figure; place (Rome; Padua)
Measurements 71.2 x 92.2 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by J. A. D. Shipley, 1909.
Principal Exhibitions Venetian, Baroque and Rococo, Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, 1967, cat. no. 7.
Publications Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1917, no. 387, as 'Ruins and Figures: Outskirts of Rome, Nr. The Tomb of Cecelia Metalla' Italian, 18th century; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1921, no. 387 as 'Ruins and Figures: Outskirts of Rome, Nr. The Tomb of Cecelia Metalla', Italian, 18th century; Annual Report of the Shipley Art Gallery and Saltwell Park Museum 1949/1950; Catalogue of the Shipley Collection, 1951, no. 387 attributed to Bernardo Bellotto as 'Ruins and Figures: Outskirts of Rome, Nr. The Tomb of Cecelia Metalla'; Fitzwilliam Museum Catalogue of Paintings Cambridge, 1967, vol. 2, p. 28; Ferens Art Gallery, Hull, Venetian, Baroque and Rococo, Hull, 1967, cat. no. 7; Kozakiewiicz, S., Bernardo Bellotto, Paul Elek, 1972, vol. 2, p. 498, no. Z-439, ill. p. 501.
Notes This work was attributed to Bellotto in 1949 by Sir Alec Martin. Another version of this work, attributed to the school of Canaletto is in the Fitzwilliam Museum (no. 201), bequeathed by Daniel Mesman, 1834, formerly in the Duke of Norfolk's Collection, and sold at Christies in 1816. A further version belonged to F. A. White in 1916, and another was sold at Sotheby's in 1932, and was in the Lady Walker Collection. From the Witt Library photographic collection it can be seen that other versions also existed in the Dianey and Beckett Denison Collection, and the Sackville Gallery, in 1928. A similar type of capriccio is also in the National Gallery, attributed as style of Bernardo Bellotto, NG135. The painting composition includes similar elements to Canaletto Capricho Arquitectonico 1723, reproduced in Canaletto: An Imaginary Venice, Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, 2001. See Constable, W.G. Canaletto 1976, vol. 2, no. 497, for details of 16 different versions (excluding the Shipley work!).
Rights Owner The Shipley Art Gallery, Gateshead (Tyne and Wear Museums)
Author Elizabeth van der Beugel



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