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View of the Colosseum, 1735

  • Giovanni Paolo Panini, Italian, 1691-1765

Oil on canvas

  • Unframed: 29 3/16 × 53 inches (74.2 × 134.6 cm)
  • 38 1/4 × 24 7/16 × 4 3/8 inches (97.2 × 62 × 11.1 cm)

Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb


On View

  • European: Grand Tour of Italy-Rome


European Painting

Signed and dated, on stone fragment, at lower right: I. P. PANINI/ Romae 1735

possibly Duke of Norfolk (Beech Hill, Sheffield, Yorkshire, England)

1947, (Arturo Grassi, New York, New York, USA)

1947-present, purchase by the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

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Giovanni Paolo Panini, View of the Colosseum, 1735, oil on canvas. Detroit Institute of Arts, Founders Society Purchase with funds from Mr. and Mrs. Edgar B. Whitcomb, 47.94.