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A View of the Colosseum
The Metropolitan Museum of Art / Art Resource / Scala, Florence 2014
Richard Wilson (1713/14-1782)
A View of the Colosseum
c.1752-56 (undated)
Black chalk heightened with white chalk
259 x 195 mm
10 3/16 x 7 11/16 in.
Part of the Colosseum, Rome is shown at the right. By its side to the left are smaller buildings and a large tree, before which two small figures approach each other
Leonard Gordon Duke; anonymous gift, 1964
Unsigned; no inscription
The view is from the Meta Sudans, an ancient fountain demolished in 1936. The arcades of the Colosseum or Flavian Amphitheatre, built 72-80 AD, stand on the right. On the left, the perimeter wall of the Sinibaldi vineyard can be seen, and behind it, the ruins of the Baths of Titus dominate the Oppian Hill.
D277 Distant View of the Colosseum and Arch of Constantine, Rome, National Galleries of Scotland
E72/35 Hastings after Wilson, Part of the Amphitheatre at Rome, The British Museum
[1] Gaspar van Vittel (Vanvitelli, 1653-1736): Rome. View of the Colosseum from the Meta Sudans, eight known versions