This very decorative set of oil paintings is typically Italian, and known as “Capriccio”, which is the term used to describe the romantic ruins and fantasized pastoral architectures of ancient Italy. Although it first started in the 1500’s, it was the 17th century when these paintings were most popular. There are notable artists from this genre, with important examples in museums around the world. The set you see here depicts decorative seascapes, and were likely painted in the early 1700’s. They are colorful, with tones of sky blue, ochre, dark greens, with touches of red, yellow, and black which compose the figures in the scenes.
The paintings have been set into simple white frames, which add a nice contrast. They have modern wooden backings.
CONDITION: Good overall condition with some losses to paint in areas. Minor varnish inconsistencies and pinprick hole. The painting of the tall building (leftmost painting in the group photos) has a slightly warped frame (the lower left corner floats off the wall a little).