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Title Classical Ruins
Collection Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Attributed to circle of Panini, Giovanni Paolo (Italian painter, ca. 1692-1765)
Date Earliest about 1725
Date Latest about 1745

The arches of a classical ruin lead the eye to a round temple in the distance. While the ruins act as a compositional device, they also convey a feeling of romanticism for the lost past, which is expressed in their broken forms and the plants growing in them. This sentiment is further explored in the group of figures in contemporary dress.

Scenes like this by artists such as Panini became particularly popular with Grand Tourists as souvenirs of their travels.

Current Accession Number HASMG:923.20
Subject landscape; buildings and gardens (ruins); figure
Measurements 142 x 101.5 cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Unknown.
Publications Public Catalogue Foundation, Oil Paintings in Public Ownership in East Sussex, London, 2005, ill. p. 310.
Notes For Panini, see: Carpegna, N., Paesisti e Vedutisti a Roma nel '600 e nel '700, Rome, 1956, pp. 26-28, ill. nos. 37-38.
Rights Owner Hastings Museum and Art Gallery
Author Bryony Bartlett-Rawlings



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