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View of the Colosseum

1969.848 (RS32598)

Description

Colosseum in the center; groups of people in fore and middle grounds.

Details

Label
Used in Cherished Possessions 2003-2005: By the middle of the eighteenth century, sons of wealthy British families were habitually sent to Italy on the Grand Tour to finish their educations before returning home to take up their lives as culturally literate adults. Only an elite group of young Americans could afford to do the same. This painting is the type of souvenir these young gentlemen brought back from their travels. Richard Codman found this painting in France, where it may well have been just such a souvenir. Between 1794 and 1797, Codman was in France, taking advantage of political upheaval during the French Revolution by buying up works of art confiscated from or abandoned by wealthy families. Galli-Bibiena was one of the many Italian painters who produced architectural views for purchase by young gentlemen traveling on the Grand Tour.
Maker
Attributed to Degalli, Fernando, 1657-1743 (Painter)
After Von Wittel, Gaspar, 1653-1736 (Artist)
Date
1723
Associated Building
Subject Colosseum (Rome, Italy). Exhibited At Boston Athenaeum. Original to Codman House (Lincoln, Mass.).
Material
canvas
oil paint (paint)
Object type
Art
Places
Bolognese (Bologna province, Emilia-Romagna, Italy)
Massachusetts (United States)
Descriptive terms
canvas
Classical
Coated Canvas
Landscape
landscapes (representations)
Oil
oil paint (paint)
paintings (visual works)
Picture
People and organizations
Codman, Charles Russell, 1784-1852
Codman, John, 1696-1755
Codman, Ogden, 1839-1904
Dimensions
35.875 x 60.5 x 3.625 (HxWxD) (inches)
Accession Number
1969.848
Credit Line
Bequest of Dorothy S.F.M. Codman
GUSN
72065

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