by Ioannis Tzortzakakis

Italian painter, draughtsman, and engraver Paolo Anesi was born on 9 July 1697, probably in Rome. He was a student of Giuseppe Chiari, Bernardino Fergioni and Sebastiano Conca. He became a member of the Accademia di San Luca and of the Accademia dei Virtuosi al Pantheon. More, he was a friend and collaborator of Giovanni Paolo Panini, Pompeo Batoni and Paolo Monaldi.

He worked under the patronage of Cardinal Imperiale and the Archbishop Giovanni Battista Rinuccini, Grand Prior Cardinal Ruspoli, Prince Gerolamo Vaini of Urbino, of Cardinal Valenti Gonzaga Colonna, the Marquis Giuseppe Rondinini, the Corsini and Barberini Princes, Francesco Maria Niccolo Gabburri and Cardinal Alessandro albani in Villa Albani (now Torlonia).

He is famous for his vedute, or view, paintings of the Italian landscape. 

Reference: “Anesi, Paolo,” by Evelin Borea. Dizionario Biografico degli Italiani Vol. 3 (1961).

View of Tivoli and the Roman Campagna, Fondazione Sorgente Group e Collezione M
A View of the Forum with the Colosseum, Santa Francesca Romana, and the Arch of Titus, Hinton Ampner – National Trust
View of the Temple of Minerva Medica and an Aqueduct, Fondazione Sorgente Group e Collezione M  
View of the Castel Sant’ Angelo, Rome, Fondazione Sorgente Group e Collezione M

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