Saturday, September 20, 2014

Roman Picturesque

Canaletto's views of Rome are less compelling and less well-known than corresponding views of Venice. Above, he arranged the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine along the same exaggerated horizontal plane. Below, he made five steep verticals of individually famous ruins. They entered the Royal Collection not long after their creation in the mid-eighteenth century.

Roman Forum with fragment of the Temple of Castor & Pollux

Arch of Septimus Severus

Arch of Constantine

Arch of Titus

Pantheon (with Bernini's twin bell towers, later removed)

Finally, three more of Canaletto's architectural capriccios, these with more-or-less Roman elements of the fantastical picturesque.