Interior of the Church of St. Peters at Rome, (painting)
Panini, Giovanni Paolo
Appears in exhibition catalog as entry no. 12
The magnificent interior of the Church of St. Peters, is in this painting accurately portrayed in its minutest ornaments, with its vast proportions, and the variegated marbles of its pavements, pillars and cornices. . . . The costume of the Ecclesiastics is that of the present day, as is also that of the Swiss Guard in the foreground on the left. . . . The central nave represented in the picture, is infinitely grand. . . . This painting, as also that of the "Picture Gallery," No. 92 were executed by Giovanni Paolo Panini . . . The paintings from the pencil of this master, which we are so fortunate as to have in this country, are four in number, two of which are now on exhibition in our gallery. They are owned by the Boston Athenaeum, . . . [and] were purchased by an American gentleman, from the collection of the Marquis de Gouvello. They were originally in the collection of Stephen Francis, Duke de Choiseuil, a distinguished statesman in the reign of Louis XV. The Duke while in Rome as ambassador to the Pope, gave Panini the commission to paint four pictures, of the most interesting Roman monuments. . . . [PP. 8-9; see entry 02010091 for other work noted in this commentary.]
Albany Gallery of the Fine Arts, Incorporated 1846. Catalogue of the Fourth Exhibition. 1849. Albany: Printed by Charles Van Benthuysen. 1849.