Interior of Saint Peter's, Rome

Interior of Saint Peter's, Rome
Artist:
Giovanni Paolo Pannini (Italian, 1691-1765)
Date:
1735
Medium:
Oil on canvas 
Dimensions:
60-1/4 x 86-1/2 in. (153 x 219.7 cm) 
Credit Line:
The Norton Simon Foundation 
Accession Number:
F.1974.3.P 
Copyright:
© The Norton Simon Foundation 
On View
Description

Pannini painted close to twenty versions of the interior of St. Peter's. This painting depicts the interior of the basilica as it looked prior to changes that occurred after 1743. It is based on a work, now in the Louvre, that was commissioned by Cardinal Melchoir de Polignac, French Ambassador to the Vatican. In these paintings, Polignac, dressed as a Cardinal, is in the basilica surrounded by a small coterie. The bold description of the vast interior and the sureness with which the architecture and decor are described on the canvas remind us again of Pannini's thorough familiarity with scenographic design.

Provenance:

Second Lord Galway, Rome, c. 1740, by descent to;
The Rt. Hon. Dowager Viscountess Galway, Serlby Hall, Nottinghamshire.
[Artemis (E.V Thaw & Co., Inc.)];
Norton Simon Foundation.

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