Ancient Rome (painting)
From The Art and Popular Culture Encyclopedia
Ancient Rome (1757) is an oil on canvas painting by Giovanni Paolo Panini. It is one of his 'imaginary galleries', also known as 'gallery paintings'. Panini painted the piece as a pendant painting to Modern Rome for the Count de Stainville in 1757. The painting depicts paintings of many of the most significant architectural sites and sculptures from Ancient Rome. The painting is in the collection of the Staatsgalerie Stuttgart.
Both Panini and Panini's patron the Count de Stainville, later duke de Choiseul, make an appearance in the work. Panini sits in the armchair and the Count de Stainville stands holding a guidebook.
Count de Stainville is shown in the center with a guidebook in hand. Panini paints himself behind the chair. The figures are admiring a copy of the Aldobrandini Wedding.