The J. Paul Getty Museum

Landscape with Classical Ruins and Figures

Object Details

Title:

Landscape with Classical Ruins and Figures

Artists/Makers:

Marco Ricci (Italian, 1676 - 1730)

and Sebastiano Ricci (Italian, 1659 - 1734)

Culture:

Italian

Date:

about 1725–1730

Medium:

Oil on canvas

Object Number:

70.PA.33

Dimensions:

123.2 × 161.3 cm (48 1/2 × 63 1/2 in.)

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Object Description

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.

Provenance
Provenance
by 1964
1965

Gilberto Algranti (Milan, Italy)
Source: Scarpa, 2006

1970

Old Master Galleries (Chiasso, Switzerland), sold to the J. Paul Getty Museum, 1970.

Exhibitions
Exhibitions
The J. Paul Getty Collection (June 29 to September 3, 1972)
  • The Minneapolis Institute of Art (Minneapolis), June 29 to September 3, 1972
Bibliography
Bibliography

Martini, Egidio. La pittura veneziana del Settecento (Venice: Edizioni Marciane, 1964), p. 47, pl. 85.

Fredericksen, Burton B. Catalogue of the Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1972), p. 56, no. 64, ill.

The J. Paul Getty Collection, exh. cat. (Minneapolis: Minneapolis Institute of Arts, 1972), unpaginated, no. 44, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B., ed. The J. Paul Getty Museum: Greek and Roman Antiquities, Western European Paintings, French Decorative Arts of the Eighteenth Century (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1975), pp. 70, 102, ill.

Fredericksen, Burton B., et al. Guidebook: The J. Paul Getty Museum. 3rd ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1976), p. 69.

Fredericksen, Burton B., Jiří Frel, and Gillian Wilson. Guidebook: The J. Paul Getty Museum. 4th ed. Sandra Morgan, ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1978), p. 87.

Fredericksen, Burton B., Jiří Frel, and Gillian Wilson. The J. Paul Getty Museum Guidebook. 5th ed. (Malibu: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1980), p. 81.

Scarpa Sonino, Annalisa. Marco Ricci (Milan: Berenice, 1991), pp. 127, 339, no. O 59, fig. 330.

Jaffé, David. Summary Catalogue of European Paintings in the J. Paul Getty Museum (Los Angeles: J. Paul Getty Museum, 1997), p. 105, ill.

Sotheby's, New York. Fine Old Master Paintings. January 27, 1999, p. 56, under lot 85.

Scarpa, Annalisa. Sebastiano Ricci (Milan: Bruno Alfieri Editore, 2006), pp. 233, 620, no. 256, fig. 561.

Hupperetz, Wim, et al., eds. Keys to Rome (Amsterdam: W Books, 2014), pp. 8-9, ill.