Israel Silvestre

Arco di Constantio, c.1650
2.75 x 5.50 in
SKU: 10659g
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In the mid-seventeenth century, views of historic landscapes and classical structures were increasingly popular among print collectors, and artists like the Frenchman Israel Sylvestre were eager to fill that demand. In this example, Sylvestre captures a view of the Arch of Constantine, showing the monument of the Roman emperor as a ruin of a bygone era. Figures inhabit the landscape, emphasizing the scale of the massive arch, and in the distance are much younger villas, emphasizing the passage of time. 

2.75 x 5.5 inches, artwork
11.25 x 14.25 inches, frame
Entitled 'Arco di Constantino' in the plate, lower center
Framed to conservation standards using archival materials including 100 percent rag silk-lined matting, UV5 plexiglass glazing to inhibit fading, and housed in a gold gilded moulding with a 24-karat gold fillet.