Architectural Roman Capriccio With The Philosopher Diogenes
An Architectural Roman Capriccio With The Philosopher Diogenes by Italian Painter Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691 – 1765); known as an architect and painter of his vistas of Rome, detailing the antiquities of that great city.
This is a fantasy set among anciet Roman ruins with the philosopher Diogenes as the central figure by a fountain in an ancient temple ruin, with men and women gathering around the philosopher by a to see and hear him speak.
In the background we can see the Colosseum, the Farnese Hercules statue, the Trajan Column which commemorates the Roman Emperor Trajan’s victory in the Dacian Wars from 101 to 102 AD and 105 to 106 AD and other Roman statues.
Architectural Roman Capriccio With The Philosopher Diogenes is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available for purchase as a canvas print online.
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.