Ruins of Rome
Panini was Rome’s most celebrated exponent of the ‘capriccio’, an imaginary re-arrangement of the city’s notable buildings and monuments. Among those included in the present work are the Temple of Hadrian on the left, the Pantheon, centre left, and Trajan’s Column on the right. Panini has not merely combined but even in some cases re-constructed the buildings. This type of subject was very popular with antiquarians, as well as aristocratic visitors on the Grand Tour wanting a memento of their stay in Rome. In concentrating on classical monuments, Panini provides the contemporary viewer with a poetic reminder of the transience of great civilisations.