Italian painter, architect, and stage designer Giovanni Panini was Rome’s preeminent painter of 'vedute prese da luoghi', accurately rendered views of real places, and 'vedute ideate,' imaginary or composite views of
particular buildings and monuments. Panini’s painting a "View of Rome," dated 1747, depicts the Roman Forum from an impossible vantage point between Temple of Saturn and Arch of Septimius Severus. Panini
embellishes the scene with classical flourishes by rendering the Flavian Amphitheater visible in the distance and adding several figures and sculptures to enliven the scene.
[Madelyne Gordon, wall text, "View of Rome," in 'Staged Meaning/Meaning Staged: Landscapes from Fisher's Permanent Collection,' (Los Angeles: USC Fisher Museum of Art, January 22 - April 13, 2019.]