The Sermon of an Apostle, 1758
Giovanni Paolo Panini (Italian, 1691-1765)
Oil on canvas
Bequest of Alice Speed Stoll 1998.6.8

An Artist’s Point of View
Panini spent his entire career in Rome, working as a professor, an architect, and a decorator of palaces. He was also an artist for hire and was especially popular among wealthy English tourists who visited the holy city and wanted a souvenir to take home. Panini’s expertise was in creating inventive vedute (view paintings). He found his inspiration in the architectural ruins and ancient monuments around the city. The views and vistas he painted were then embellished with his own fanciful details.