The Colosseum in Pannini’s architectural capriccios

Giovanni Paolo Pannini (Piacenza, 1691 – Rome 1765) created his “architectural capricci” with he spirit of the theater set designer. Indeed, that was his first job, the one for which the studies in his hometown had prepared him.

Then he came to Rome, where he specialized in decorating buildings thanks to the teachings of Benedetto Luti, a Florentine artist among the most important in 1700s’ neoclassicism.

The vestiges of Rome’s glorious past charmed Pannini – as they have with many others – to the point that he started to envision them, bundled in front of imaginary landscapes, like theatrical sets.

Here we present a series of his reveries, all revolving around the leading role of the Colosseum.

December 15, 2013