PICRYL
PICRYLThe World's Largest Public Domain Source
Title page: a wall in center surrounded by ruins and poplar trees, surmounted by a vase decorated with the head of a satyr, from 'Les soirées de Rome'

Title page: a wall in center surrounded by ruins and poplar trees, surmounted by a vase decorated with the head of a satyr, from 'Les soirées de Rome'

 
 
description

Summary

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.

date_range

Date

1760 - 1808
create

Source

The Metropolitan Museum of Art
copyright

Copyright info