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The Piazza Farnese Decorated for a Celebration in Honor of the Marriage of the Dauphin

Giovanni Paolo Panini1745

Chrysler Museum of Art

Chrysler Museum of Art
Norfolk, United States

The fanciful temple at the center of this painting may look as permanent as the buildings surrounding it. In fact, it was a temporary structure built of plaster and board that was designed to self-destruct in a burst of fireworks. Europe’s cities often served as stages for elaborate festivals that celebrated its ruling elites, and Giovanni Paolo Panini’s painting documents the festivities inspired by the 1745 wedding of Louis, Dauphin of France. It also proudly records the artist’s own handiwork as a designer. Along with grand urban views like this one, Panini was famed for his festival decorations and fireworks displays. The temple featured here was built from his own plans.

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Details

  • Title: The Piazza Farnese Decorated for a Celebration in Honor of the Marriage of the Dauphin
  • Creator: Giovanni Paolo Panini
  • Date: 1745/1745
  • Date Created: 1745
  • Location Created: Rome,Italy
  • Provenance: The Fourth Earl of Howe, Penn House, Amersham, Buckshire until 1930; sale Christies, London, Dec. 7, 1933; David Koetser, New York, 1953; Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.; Chrysler Museum at Norfolk, 1971.
  • Physical Dimensions: 65 1/2 x 93 1/2 in. (166.4 x 237.5 cm)
  • Credit Line: Gift of Walter P. Chrysler, Jr.
  • Type: Painting
  • Medium: Oil on canvas

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