From 1809 until 1814, Napoleon sponsored archaeological excavations of the Roman Forum, and the original ground level of the forum—many feet below Rome’s current street level—was eventually revealed. This oil study of the forum was executed while French artist Caruelle d’Aligny was living in Rome in the mid-1820s. The low vantage point he chose for this sketch emphasizes the deep pit of the newly excavated forum. In the background, the Renaissance palaces on the Piazza del Campidoglio tower above, forming a dynamic architectural setting.
Théodore Caruelle d’Aligny
Oil on paper
12 5/8 x 16 7/8 in. (32.1 x 42.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 82.19