- Museum number
Temple of Antonius and Faustina, Rome; with buildings behind, an empty cart at right and three figures by some rocks at l
Pen and brown ink, with grey wash, over black chalk
- Production date
- 1720 (circa)
Height: 158 millimetres
Width: 226 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- For the attribution and the history of the 22 BM Roman views see the curator's commentary for 1858-6-26-221.
The church of San Lorenzo in Miranda, built on the site of the ancient temple, is shown here before the completion of the upper part of the façade. As the reconstruction of the church was undertaken in the early seventeenth century nearly a century before Canaletto's arrival in Rome (1719-20), he must have based this view on an earlier print or drawing of the building. The drawing is related to Canaletto's painting in Budapest (Constable-Links no. 381*; illustrated in colour in Cini 2001 catalogue p. 79). The church is depicted in the painting from a similarly oblique angle, although it is pushed slightly further back, and the surrounding buildings are also adapted with numerous variations from those in the drawing. The painting is one of a pair of Roman views of c. 1720, both in Budapest, which are both inspired by Canaletto's drawings of the city made a year or so earlier. The other painting, a view of S. Maria d'Aracoeli and the Campidoglio (Constable-Links 381*; illustrated in colour in Cini 2001 catalogue p. 81), is related to the missing drawing from the BM series taken by Bellotto from Canaletto's studio and now in Darmstadt (Constable-Links 713 (238, 19); Cini 2001 catalogue no. 1, p. 48). The Budapest paintings, like the present series, were generally not accepted by scholars but their autograph status was confirmed when they were exhibited alongside other early Canaletto paintings in the Fondazione Giorgio Cini exhibition in 2001. Later paintings by Canaletto and his nephew Bellotto inspired by this drawing are listed in Constable-Links under no. 381. Further and updated information is given by Charles Beddington in the Houston Bellotto catalogue (Museum of Fine Arts, 'Bernardo Bellotto and the Capitals of Europe', 2001) under nos. 18 and 19, the pair of ex-Consul Smith Bellottos based on 1858-6-26-224 and 225.
Lit: T. Ashby and W.G. Constable, 'Canaletto and Bellotto in Rome - I and II', 'The Burlington Magazine', XLVI, May and June 1925, pp. 208 and 294, pl. II, G; W.G. Constable, 'Canaletto', Oxford, 1962, II, no. 713 (225, 5) (ditto 2nd edition revised by J.G. Links, 1976); M. Levey, 'The Later Italian Paintings in the Collection of Her Majesty the Queen', London, 1964, under no. 417, fig. 1 (ditto 2nd edition, 1991, fig. 16); L. Puppi, 'L'opera completa di Canaletto', Milan, 1968, under no. 202; S. Kozakiewicz. 'Bernardo Bellotto', Milan, 1972, II, under no. 69, I, fig. C 48; A. Corboz, 'Canaletto. Una Venezia immaginaria', Milan, 1985, p. 69, pl. D.1/5; A. Leach, 'Bellotto's "Forum Romanum" in the National Gallery of Victoria Reconsidered', "Melbourne Art Journal", I, 1997, p. 29, fig. 5
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2001 Mar-June, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice, 'Canaletto Prima Maniera'
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