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A way to discover a fabulous collection … The Walters …

October 7, 2011
The Walters Art Museum
Baltimore, an hour outside Washington, DC, has a number of excellent cultural institutions … among them The Walters Art Museum.  Thousands objects from the museum’s collection are posted online and downloadable. The collection is searchable by several different categories with each item accompanied by an excellent description.  A great place for a Grand Tour.
Giovanni Paolo Panini (ca. 1692-1765) “View of the Roman Forum” 1747. In creating this historical portrayal of the Roman Forum, Panini, the most celebrated Roman landscape painter of his time, eliminated some modern buildings in order not to obstruct his vista, which stretches from the Arch of Septimius Severus to the Column of the Temple of Saturn. Apparently in order to maximize interest, he also added monuments from miles away. The companion View of the Colosseum is handled in much the same way. The ancient structures are given new life by Rome’s inhabitants–strolling gentlemen contemplating the antiquities, perhaps the tourists who will purchase such paintings as this, and gypsies and peasants who simply make the ruins their home.
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