Painter, draughtsman, and printmaker Paolo Anesi was born on this day in 1697 in Rome.

Painter, draughtsman, and printmaker Paolo Anesi was born on this day in 1697 in Rome. The son of a Venetian silk weaver, Anesi became one of the most important landscape painters active in Rome in the mid-eighteenth century. Collectors greatly admired his ideal landscapes and views based on studies of the Roman countryside. He worked in fresco and oil on canvas, many of which were collected by British and French tourists and expats, who admired vedutisti like Anesi, Canaletto, and Francesco Guardi. Anesi’s success led to his induction on 8 January 1747 to the assembly of Virtuosi al Pantheon.

Reference: Olivier Michel. “Anesi, Paolo.” Grove Art Online. Oxford Art Online. Oxford University Press. .

An Extensive Landscape, 1751-55, oil on canvas, private collection

An Extensive Landscape, 1751-55, oil on canvas, private collection

Tiber Bridge in Rome, before 1773, oil on canvas, private collection

View of the Roman Campagna, before 1773, oil on canvas, private collection

View of Tivoli and the Roman Campagna, before 1773, oil on canvas, private collection

Pastoral Scene, etching, New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, Bequest of Phyllis Massar, 2011

Harpsichord with decorations by Paolo Anesi, private collection

View of Aricciac.1760–65, oil on canvas, Glasgow Museums 

Ruined Temple in an Italianate Landscape, oil on canvas, Burton Constable Hall

Ruined Tower in an Italianate Landscape, oil on canvas, Burton Constable Hall

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