Interior View of St. Peter's Basilica by Giovanni Paolo Pannini
Interior View of St. Peter’s Basilica by Giovanni Paolo Pannini

Interior View of St. Peter’s Basilica

Interior View of St. Peter’s Basilica c1750 by Italian Artist Giovanni Paolo Pannini (1691 – 1765); known as an architect and painter of his vistas of Rome, detailing the antiquities of that great city.

An interior view of St. Peter’s Basilica where we can see clergy admiring and discussing the architecture, we see visitors (which include men and women) to the Basilica, as well as worshipers kneeling and praying within its grand walls.

There are intricate carvings throughout the structure, as well as statues of religious figures on multiple levels and at the ceiling hanging flags depicting religious scenes by the large arch windows.

Interior View of St. Peter’s Basilica is a retouched digital art reproduction of a public domain image.

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Giovanni Paolo Panini or Giovanni Paolo Pannini was a painter and architect who worked in Rome and is primarily known as one of the vedutisti (“view painters”).

As a painter, Pannini is best known for his vistas of Rome, in which he took a particular interest in the city’s antiquities.

Among his most famous works are his view of the interior of the Pantheon (on behalf of Francesco Algarotti 1712 – 1764 – A Venetian Polymath), and his vedute paintings of picture galleries containing views of Rome.

Most of his works, especially those of ruins, have a fanciful and unreal embellishment characteristic of capriccio themes. In this they resemble the capricci of Italian Painter and Printmaker Marco Ricci (1676 – 1730).

Panini also painted portraits, including one of Pope Benedict XIV (born Prospero Lorenzo Lambertini 1675 – 1758 – Head of the Catholic Church from 1740 – 1758).

In Rome, Panini earned a name for himself as a decorator of palaces. Some of his works included the Villa Patrizi c1719/25, the Palazzo de Carolis c1720, and the Seminario Romano c1721/22).

In 1719, Panini was admitted to the Congregazione dei Virtuosi al Pantheon. He taught in Rome at the Accademia di San Luca and the Académie de France, where he is said to have influenced Jean-Honoré Fragonard. In 1754, he served as the prince (director) of the Accademia di San Luca.

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