The Ram, Chapelain of the Lion, Gives the Benediction to Renard before His Depature for Rome from Hendrick van Alcmar's Renard The Fox
Allart van Everdingen (Dutch, Alkmaar 1621–1675 Amsterdam)
Renaissance representation of classical ruins was a symbol of antiquity, enlightenment, and lost knowledge. Ruins spoke to the passage of time. The greatest subject for ruin artists was the overgrown and crumbling Classical Rome remains. Forum and the Colosseum, Pantheon, and the Appian Way. Initially, art representations of Rome were realistic, but soon the imagination of artists took flight. Roman ruins were scattered around the city, but frustrated artists began placing them in more pleasing arrangements. Capriccio was a style of imaginary scenes of buildings and ruins.