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.

WEEKLY POSTCARD

Most Read

The Great War Museum: history at high altitude

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle NebioloOn the top of the Marmolada, at 3,000 meters of altitude, you’ll find the Marmolada Great War...

Palazzo Giordano Apostoli: neo-gothic inspiration

Palazzo Giordano Apostoli is located in Sassari’s central Piazza d’Italia. It was built by will of Giuseppe Giordano Apostoli in 1877, in...

Move To The Top takes you to the roof of the Dolomites

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle Nebiolo On 4 July 2020, the cableway to Malga Ciapèla will re-open. Its short,...

Tenute La Montina, the realm of Franciacorta

Author: Barbara PalladinoTranslation by Michelle NebioloTenute La Montina is located in Monticelli Brusati (BS), in the north-east of Franciacorta, next to an ample...