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Giovanni Paolo Panini: 'Roman Ruins with Figures'

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Room A: Paintings after 1600

The artist painted a number of 'capricci' of this sort in which a known monument is set within a fanciful arrangement of ruins. The pyramid is based on that of Caius Cestius in Rome, while all of the other elements are invented.

It has been suggested that this is one of the artist's earlier works and can be dated to about 1730. It may include some intervention by a member of his studio.

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