View of the Forum in Rome

This is one of the most famous views in Rome, looking along the Forum towards the Palazzo dei Senatorio on the Capitol. The three surviving columns of the Temple of Castor and Pollux frame the composition on the left; in the middle distance are the remains of the Temples of Saturn and Vespasian. In 1814 the Forum was still used as a field for grazing cattle and many prominent monuments (such as the Arch of Septimius Severus on the right) had yet to be fully excavated.

A detailed drawing by Eckersberg dated 8 June 1814 (Copenhagen, Hirschsprung Collection) corresponds to the view in this painting.

Key facts

Artist dates
1783 - 1853
Full title
View of the Forum in Rome
Date made
Medium and support
Oil on canvas
32 x 41 cm
Acquisition credit
Bought, 1992
Inventory number
Location in Gallery