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Inside the Colosseum

A work made of oil on canvas.
CC0 Public Domain Designation

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  • A work made of oil on canvas.

Date:

c. 1823

Artist:

Franz Ludwig Catel
German, 1778-1856

About this artwork

A shaft of sunlight illuminates a group of figures dwarfed by the monumental architecture of the Colosseum, the ancient amphitheater in Rome. The building had fallen into disrepair for centuries until restorations began in 1822, the year before Franz Ludwig Catel made this painting.

In the foreground, a figure identifiable as architect Giuseppe Valadier bows slightly while presenting plans to the red-stockinged Cardinal Ercole Consalvi at left. In the background, two workers carry a sack filled with rubble from the Colosseum’s depths, visually representing the labor involved in the project.

Status

On View, Gallery 221

Department

Painting and Sculpture of Europe

Artist

Franz Ludwig Catel

Title

Inside the Colosseum

Place

Germany (Artist's nationality:)

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1818–1828

Medium

Oil on canvas

Dimensions

100.4 × 137.5 cm (39 1/2 × 58 1/4 in.)

Credit Line

Through prior gift of Mr. and Mrs. Chauncey B. Borland

Reference Number

2013.1094

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