Interior of St. Peter's: The Portico

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Francesco Panini
1738-
Interior of St. Peter's: The Portico
18th century
Watercolor and gold paint, over outline etching, on paper.
23 1/2 x 34 1/2 inches (597 x 876 mm)
Purchased on the Sunny Crawford von Bülow Fund, 1978.
1997.7
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18th century
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Presumably bought from the artist; by descent in the Öttingen-Wallerstein family, Germany; acquired from Artemis Fine Arts, Inc., New York.
Inscription: 
Signed and inscribed on mount at lower left, "Francesco Panini fece, e vende in Roma"; inscribed on mount at lower center, "/ / Prospetto Interno del' Portico della Basilica di S. Pietro nel Vaticano / / ".
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This print is based on an oil painting by the artist's father, Giovanni Paolo Panini, "Atrio di San Pietro" (Ferdinando Arisi, "Gian Paolo Panini e i fasti della Roma del '700", Rome, 1986, no. 399, repr.).

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