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Classical Ruins with Figures

After Marco Ricci’s death, a portfolio of twenty-four etchings based on his views was published by the younger painter and printmaker Davide Fossati. These images combine realistic topographic detail with fantastic composite elements. Here, contemporary peasants and aristocrats on horseback or in carriages travel on a road that leads to a distant city gate, perhaps an entrance to Rome.

Davide Antonio Fossati
Swiss, 1708–ca.1799
after Marco Ricci
Italian, 1676–1730
Classical Ruins with Figures, 1743
Etching on paper
Image: 9 3/16 x 13 ¾ in. (23.0 x 34.0 cm); plate: 9 7/8 x 14 1/8 in. (25.1 x 35.9 cm); sheet: 14 15/16 x 19 3/8 in. (37.9 x 49.2 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Collection of Diether Thimme, 98.262