A Sibyl, the Pyramid of Caius Cestius and the Borghese Vase

Giovanni Paolo Paninithe forties of the XVIII century

Museo Diocesano Milano

Museo Diocesano Milano


  • Title: A Sibyl, the Pyramid of Caius Cestius and the Borghese Vase
  • Date: the forties of the XVIII century
  • Provenance: Archbishop's Painting Gallery, Pozzobonelli Collection
  • Physical Dimensions: w64.2 x h48.8 cm
  • Painter: Giovanni Paolo Panini
  • Description: Panini was trained in Piacenza, where he worked with Bibiena, Natali and Galluzzi, and by whom he was inspired for the most scenic of his compositions. Later, he moved to Rome, where he learned about the classical landscape, which would then have a dominant place in his work. Panini became important in the Roman art world, with his reputation also spreading internationally. This painting, featuring vibrant colors and sure, easy brushwork, has a subject that was painted by the artist on several occasions, although with slight iconographic variations. It was probably executed in the forties of the eighteenth century, a time that corresponds to Panini’s stay at the residence of Cardinal Roman Pozzobonelli, which occurred between 1743 and 1744.
  • Type: painting
  • Rights: © Archivio fotografico Museo Diocesano, Milano
  • External Link: http://www.museodiocesano.it/collections/collezioni-arcivescovili/
  • Medium: oil on canvas


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