Jan Frans Van Bloemen

The Walls of the Colosseum, Rome Sold

Brush and grey and brown wash, with framing lines in brown ink.
Laid down on a 19th century French mount.
Signed(?) Van Bloemen at the lower left and inscribed Veduta del Coliseo at the lower centre of the sheet.
330 x 282 mm. (13 x 11 1/8 in.)


The ruins of the Colosseum had long been a popular subject for Dutch and Flemish artists in Rome, and Van Bloemen produced a number of paintings and drawings, as well as an etching, of the site. Chief among these are a pair of small paintings of the interior of the ruined structure, now in a Roman private collection, which are thought to date from early in his stay in Rome. A preparatory study, in black chalk alone, for one of these paintings is in the collection of the Museo di Roma in the Palazzo Braschi in Rome. Stylistically comparable to the present sheet is a drawing of the ruins of a ruined amphitheatre – probably also the Colosseum – in the Devonshire collection at Chatsworth. Two further drawings of the interior of the Colosseum by Van Bloemen are in the National Gallery of Scotland in Edinburgh, while an etching by the artist of another view of the interior of the amphitheatre is also known.

The signature or inscription on this drawing is identical to that found on a view of the Campo Vaccino in Rome, one of five drawings by Jan Frans van Bloemen formerly in the Van Regteren Altena collection in Amsterdam. Two further drawings of Roman subjects in the Van Regteren Altena collection, one depicting the Arch of Gallienus and the other a relief on the Arch of Titus, may be compared stylistically with this drawing.


The Walls of the Colosseum, Rome


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