Sunday, March 10, 2013

View of the Colosseum with the Arch of Constantine

 Caspar van Wittel - View of the Colosseum with the arch of Constantine (48,5 x 108 cm, ca. 1707)

This painting of the Caspar Van Wittel (aka Gaspar Vanvitelli) (Amersfoort, 1653 - Rome, 1736) is temporarily shown in our local municipal museum Flehite. With a value of 3 million euros it is the most expensive painting ever exhibited in Amersfoort. Click on the image for a larger version.

Guest curator Bart van Steenbergen with the painting
(source: Amersfoortse Courant / www.vanvitelli.nl)

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2 comments:

  1. An awesome view indeed!
    The Colosseum, as well as a lot of ancient Roman buildings, during the middle age had been damaged by the poles, who had used the marbles to make churches or villas.
    The Arch of Constantin (together with the Pantheon) is the only monument of ancient Rome which has arrived safe and sound until today, because Constantin had been the Emperor who adopted the religion of Jesus Christ as official one.

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  2. An amazing view. I've never been, but I enjoyed this double slice of history; the building itself and the sightseers from another age.

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