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Title Monte Cavallo
Alternative Title Piazza di Monte Cavallo, Rome
Collection Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery
Artist Imitator of Canaletto (Italian painter, 1697-1768)
Date Earliest possibly 1760
Date Latest possibly 1800

The subject of this topographical work dating from the eighteenth century is the Monte Cavallo (Quirinale) in Rome. In the foreground are the two colossal marble Dioscuri, the 'horse tamers' representing Castor and Pollux. The piazza is filled with people going about their daily business.

The painting is by an unknown artist working in the style of Canaletto whose paintings of Venetian scenes were very popular, particularly with English visitors on the Grand Tour. Canaletto's style, full of detail and everyday incident, was widely imitated and a work such as this was probably painted for visitors to Rome.

Current Accession Number NCM 1890-1206
Subject everyday life; place (Venice)
Measurements 71.8 x 111.4 cm cm (estimate)
Material oil on canvas
Acquisition Details Bequeathed by Mr Henry Lammin 1890.
Principal Exhibitions Public Library, Ilkestone, Derbyshire, 1933 - 1934.
Publications Wright, C., Old Master Paintings in Britain: An Index of Continental Old Master Paintings Executed before c.1800 in Public Collections in the United Kingdom, London, 1976, pp. 31, 255, as by a follower of Canaletto; Nottingham Castle Museum and Art Gallery: Fine Art Handlist, Nottingham, 1988, p. 16.
Rights Owner Nottingham City Museums and Galleries: Nottingham Castle
Author Dr Angela Smith




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