Thomas Jones
A Scene in the Colosseum, Rome ?1777

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Thomas Jones 1742–1803
A Scene in the Colosseum, Rome
Date ?1777
Medium Oil paint on paper
Dimensions Support: 432 x 289 mm
Acquisition Presented by Canon J.H. Adams 1983
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The archaeological excavation of many sites in Italy during the middle years of the eighteenth century gave people a new sense of the historical significance of the great ruins that had lain largely ignored for centuries. The Colosseum, near the Roman Forum, was now seen as one of the monumental relics of imperial aspiration, and in its ruined state offered painters opportunities to epitomise empire in decay. They relished the grandeur and picturesqueness of a noble and crumbling structure so vast that it dictates the whole composition of the picture.

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