Large Arched Landscape 18th Century Italian Light Blue Capriccio with Ruins Figures
Large Landscape, mid-18th century Italian Light Blue Capriccio with Ruins and Figures, probably originally an arched overdoor oil on canvas painting, relined and mounted on its original poplar frame.
In the foreground this composition with monotone delicate light blue-grey colors shows the architecture of a large ruin with three bas-relief medallions and Doric columns; in front of this ruin some figures, a woman with a baby on her shoulder, a man with a cane and a dog. On their left, the ruin of a large sculptural base and the dome of a temple in the background; on the right, a couple of figures.
The landscape is painted in light blue-grey tone, it has been restored and has widespread retouching, in many areas you can see the texture of the canvas as a presumed effect of a radical cleaning of the pigments. This effect, which we could define as worn, makes a surreal, almost metaphysical painting atmosphere.
The frame is antique, has an original silver-leaf finish in the relief molding parts, whereas the central part of the frame is lacquered in Sienese ocher yellow. Both Painting and frame dates back to the mid-1700s.
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