Interior of St. Peter's Basilica, Rome by Giovanni Paolo Panini
Interior of St. Peter’s Basilica, Rome by Giovanni Paolo Panini

St. Peter’s Basilica Rome

Interior of St. Peter’s Basilica Rome 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.

St. Peter’s Basilica Rome is another version of the interior of St. Peter’s Basilica painted by Panini. It covers a broader view and has greater detail of the interior of the architecture and all of its statues and sculptures.

St. Peter’s Basilica Rome, just as in his other versions we can see clergy and scholars admiring the great works of art within the structure, we see worshipers kneeling and praying, we see mothers with their children, aristocrats and a host of visitors to the Basilica, walking through the Basilica as they look above them talking of the marvel of its construction.

Everything in this version is highly detailed from the intricate carvings throughout the structure, as well as the statues of religious figures, that we can see on multiple levels; all the way up to the patterns and structure of the ceiling with its hanging gonfalons (heraldic flag or banner), that depict various religious scenes, as well as the details of the large arch windows.

St. Peter’s Basilica Rome is a retouched digital art old masters 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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