Mostly landscape and cityscape paintings. For a tag cloud of the painters see bottom of the page. Because the tag cloud allows only 45 names, all the painters are are included in the category list at bottom of the page.

Caspar van Wittel (Vanvitelli) – Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza CTB.1978.83. Piazza Navona, Rome (1699)


Materials: oil on canvas. Dimensions: 96.5 x 216 cm. Nr. Inv. CTB.1978.83. Carmen Thyssen-Bornemisza Collection on deposit at Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza. Source: http://www.museothyssen.org/en/thyssen/zoom_obra/1043

Caspar van WitteI was one of the Northern European painters working in Rome in the late seventeenth and early eighteenth centuries. This view of the Piazza Navona gives particular prominence to three architectural projects involved in the remodelling of the square by Pope Innocent X: on the left, the reconstruction of the Pamphili family palace and the church of Sant’Agnese in Agone, completed by Borromini; and in the centre of the composition, facing the church, Bernini’s Four Rivers fountain. Van Wittel’s paintings provided a description of the modern city. His urban vistas reflected rational principles of perception and construction of perspective, characteristic features that are apparent in his many surviving preparatory drawings (http://www.museothyssen.org/en/thyssen/ficha_obra/1043).

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