A capriccio of classical ruins with the pronaos of the Porticus Octaviae, the Colosseum, the Arch of Drusus, the Arch of Constantine, the Column of Trajan and the Farnese Hercules

This composition was developed from a Capriccio with Belisarius by Panini, formerly with the Paul Drey Gallery (see F. Arisi, Gian Paolo Panini e i fasti della Roma del '700, Rome, 1986, p. 455, no. 451), and refined in a painting sold at Christie's, Rome, 15 October 1970, lot 124 (ibid., p. 456, no. 453). In the present composition, the Pyramid of Caius Cestus has been replaced with the Arch of Drusus.


Anonymous sale; Sotheby's, New York, 15 January 1993, lot 135, as 'Attributed to Gian Paolo Panini', where acquired by the present owner.