Saturday, December 20, 2008
Fantasy paintings depicting architectural ruins and archaeological remains in combination with other elements, sometimes anachronic, grasp our imagination and makes us travel in time and space.
The placement of fictional elements of architecture in unsual settings, resulting in fantastical combinations, gives the name to an art genre: the Capriccio.
Said to be implemented by Sebastiano Ricci, it is his nephew Marco Ricci who perfects the genre.
However the best-known artist must be Giovanni Paolo Pannini.
From the XVII century and taken into the XVIII by Giovanni Antonio Canal (Canaletto), Capriccio finds its followers in the names of artists such as Giambattista Piranesi, Hubert Robert and Richard Wilson.
Posted by Jose Carrilho at 7:11 PM