Private Collection (Bologna)
Gilberto Algranti (Milan, Italy)
Source: Scarpa, 2006
Old Master Galleries (Chiasso, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.
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In this fantastic vista, Marco Ricci combined ancient Roman monuments, such as an obelisk, sections of temples, and statues, to create a scene both picturesque and evocative of the power of the ancient world. In the last decade of his life, Ricci specialized in such theatrical views and repeatedly used the same monuments in different arrangements. As usual, his uncle Sebastiano Ricci painted the rustic figures, which are nearly lost amidst the colossal ruins.
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