Pannini and Rome’s squares

One more article about Giovanni Paolo Pannini (Piacenza, 1691-Rome, 1765), the painter and set designer who created the beautiful “architectural capriccios” we have written about – both in general and with a focus on Rome’s Colosseum.

Now it’s time to spotlight Rome’s beautiful squares.

“A ‘square’ is a spacious place, surrounded by buildings, an ‘audience’, ‘area’, ‘campus’; a place where the market and public forums are held… Squares decorate and are useful to cities… Rome is one of the cities with the most spacious squares, and well-decorated with wonderful fountains, marvelous obelisks, and magnificent monuments and buildings” – this was the definition of such interesting open spaces given by Gaetano Moroni (Second Assistant of the Chamber to His Holiness Pius IX), in the “Dictionary of historical-eclesiastical learning” written in 1851.

An erudite entry that rings true looking at these images.

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Piazza Monte Cavallo

"Piazza Monte Cavallo"

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Piazza del Quirinale

"Piazza del Quirinale"

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Piazza di Montecitorio

"Piazza di Montecitorio"

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Piazza Farnese

"Piazza Farnese"

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Piazza Navona

"The lake in Piazza Navona"

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Piazza Navona

"Piazza Navona"

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Piazza Navona

"Piazza Navona (in preparation for the birth of the Dauphin of France, on December 20, 1729)"

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Piazza Navona

"Piazza Navona (in preparation for the birth of the Dauphin of France, on December 20, 1729)", detail

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Piazza Navona

"Piazza Navona (in preparation for the birth of the Dauphin of France, on December 20, 1729)", detail

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Piazza Navona

"Piazza Navona (in preparation for the birth of the Dauphin of France, on December 20, 1729)", detail

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Piazza di Spagna

"Piazza di Spagna"

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Piazza San Pietro

"Piazza San Pietro"

Giovanni Paolo Pannini, Piazza San Pietro

"Piazza San Pietro"

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