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  • Sermon of St Paul amidst the Ruins

    Artist:
    Panini, Giovanni Paolo. 1691-1765
    Technique:
    oil
    Dimensions:
    64x83,5 cm

Panini, Giovanni Paolo. 1691-1765

Sermon of St Paul amidst the Ruins

Italy, 1744

In the 18th century Europe was caught up in the culture of Antiquity. Paintings, prints and drawings include both depictions of genuine monuments and fantasies on the theme of ancient ruins. In the work of Pannini we often find scenes of sermons set amidst ruins. Symbolizing the passing paganism, these ancient stones overgrown with grasses also awoke nostalgic sorrow for the lost golden age. The vast blocks with their carved acanthus relief, the fluted columns and the complex capitals - these ruins could not possibly come from a single building, but speak of the centuries gone, of the many buildings which replaced each other on the same site. Executed in a soft and varied range of greyish-brown tones, the picture is enlivened by the multicoloured clothes of the shepherds, women, soldiers, and others listening to Paul's sermon. The dark foreground and concentrated action in the middle ground, as it were marked off from the distance by the ruins with the Roman arch, form a balanced composition typical of the period.

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Sermon of St Paul amidst the Ruins

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oil

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64x83,5 cm

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Entered the Hermitage in 1920; transferred from the Expert Commission

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ГЭ-5569

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