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Landscape with Ruins of an Ancient Vaulted Building

The Venetian painter and printmaker Marco Ricci was known for fanciful landscapes, called capricci, which freely assembled classical motifs and imaginary elements. He probably visited Rome and sketched from the ruins of antique architecture, but he felt no compunction to be archaeologically correct. For Ricci, real time is suspended as eras mix together with monuments and figures in classical dress (or are they sculptures?) that inhabit a landscape already in decay.

Marco Ricci
Italian, 1676–1730
Landscape with Ruins of an Ancient Vaulted Building
1730 (published)
Etching on paper
Image: 11 ½ x 16 11/16 in. (29.2 x 42.4 cm); plate/sheet: 11 5/8 x 17 3/16 in. (29.5 x 43.7 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Collection Diether Thimme, 98.292