Modern Rome

Giovanni Paolo Panini Italian

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Among Panini's most brilliant inventions are Modern Rome and its pendant, which cleverly contrive to show the famous monuments of the city as paintings arranged in a sumptuous gallery. They were commissioned by the Count de Stainville, later Duke de Choiseul, ambassador to Rome from 1753 to 1757; he is shown seated in an armchair. Among the works illustrated are Michelangelo's Moses and Bernini's statues of Constantine, David, Apollo and Daphne, and his fountains in Piazza Navona. For the identification of additional monuments, visit

Modern Rome, Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, Piacenza 1691–1765 Rome), Oil on canvas

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