The Arch of Constantine Seen from the Colosseum

Lancelot Théodore Turpin de Crissé French

On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 805

Turpin de Crissé is thought to have begun this architectural view during his second trip to Rome, in 1818, and to have completed it on his subsequent trip, in 1838. His keen eye for picturesque composition and his consummate precision are comparable to the work of the leading history painter and portraitist of the period, J. A. D. Ingres, who was a close friend. Turpin’s talent and his royalist sympathies combined to cement his success after the restoration of the Bourbon monarchy in 1815.

The Arch of Constantine Seen from the Colosseum, Lancelot Théodore Turpin de Crissé (French, Paris 1782–1859 Paris), Oil on paper, laid down on canvas

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