Roman Ruin With A Prophet by Giovanni Paolo Pannini
Roman Ruin With A Prophet by Giovanni Paolo Pannini

Roman Ruin With A Prophet

Roman Ruin With A Prophet (Römische Ruine mit einem Propheten) c1751 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.

This is a scene in which a Prophet is preaching the Gospel to the people of a village at the center of ancient ruins of what was once part of the powerful Roman Empire.

There is still one complete intact building that is overgrown with vines and weeds, an arch with an inscription in the distance; and closer to the view several columns that have the top sections broken off.

There is a working fountain by which a lady is standing and there are other people sitting on ruins of the once great architecture; with men women and children making up the audience.

Roman Ruin With A Prophet is a retouched digital art old masters reproduction of a public domain image that is available as a canvas print online.

Info Below Derived From Wikipedia.org

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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