At over six feet tall, this pair of Italian landscape paintings from the early 1900’s make quite a statement. The oil on canvas paintings are framed with white painted wood and are considered capriccio paintings, which essentially means they are architectural fantasies. In a capriccio, the painter depicts an actual piece of architecture, but then takes whatever artistic liberties their imagination affords them and applies it to the scene. Examples of this include changing the scale and/or size of the subject, creating decorations or elements that don’t exist in real life, or rendering the building in a future, derelict state. Capriccio style paintings were introduced during the Renaissance, but did not truly became popular until the mid-1600’s.
The scenes depicted in these paintings are that of classical Roman buildings, complete with examples of Roman architecture, such as dentils, pediments, Tuscan columns, and even a triumphal arch. Both buildings are situated next to bodies of water and surrounded by trees. There are a scant number of people appearing in the landscape, but they are performing daily duties, such as airing out drapery and filling vessels with water. The beige colored stones used to construct the building feel very warm and inviting, as do the trees and the water.
These large and very decorative paintings have been set into simple, contemporary white frames, which add a nice contrast.
CONDITION: Slight wear to both canvases. Minor nicks to white painted wood frames. Hooks mounted on back of frames for easy hanging.