This painting comes from the school of Giovanni Paolo Panini (1691 – 1765). It’s referred to as a capriccio, a type of landscape painting whereby buildings, often ancient, are placed in fantastical arrangements. This was a popular genre in the 18th century that pleased many tourists, who, after their Italians vacations, sought souvenirs. This catering became known as the “Grand Tour,” of which, Giovanni Paolo Panini was one of the most popular artists.
Upon inspection, Miller Fenwood discovered that previous restoration attempts had been made, which left the painting in an uneven state, as well as caused the loss of some of the original painting. Miller Fenwood did extensive in-painting to bring back the lost portions.
The frame, custom made by Miller Fenwood, is an Italian High Front hand-carved leaf gold and vine frame in 22 karat gold. It was designed to have the look of the period.
This painting is on display at the Kruizenga Art Museum, a gift of Johanna Just, 2015.12