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Peasants near Roman Ruins
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Peasants near Roman Ruins

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Description Monaldi specialized in anecdotal images of peasants, such as this idyllic scene with peasants during a break, eating, drinking, and playing music. It is an amusing image of a simple life focused on immediate pleasures and contrasted with the ruins of the heroic past of ancient Rome. The pyramid is surely based on the small one just outside the city walls, built by a Roman named Caius Cestius in AD 11, but here it is placed in an idealized landscape. For more information on this painting, please see Federico Zeri's 1976 catalogue no. 418, p. 530.
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Provenance Don Marcello Massarenti Collection, Rome [date and mode of acquisition unknown] [1881 catalogue: no. 158; 1897 catalogue: no. 263, as Andrea Locatelli]; Henry Walters, Baltimore, 1902, by purchase; Walters Art Museum, 1931, by bequest.
Credit Acquired by Henry Walters with the Massarenti Collection, 1902

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ca. 1760 (Baroque)
oil on canvas
(Painting & Drawing)
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Visible painted surface H: 25 3/8 x W: 18 3/4 in. (64.5 x 47.6 cm)

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