Giovanni Paolo Panini, “Capriccio View of Ancient Roman Monuments,” circa 1755, oil on canvas, 31 x 43 in.

San Francisco? Two San Francisco institutions have coordinated to offer a delightful event on March 11 for those interested in the art of the “Eternal City.”

The San Francisco Airport Commission Aviation Library and Louis A. Turpen Aviation Museum have joined to offer a great opportunity to view works from the Collection of Piraneseum. Opening March 11 with a reception from 2 to 3 p.m., the exhibition features a number of carefully selected Grand Tour objects, including paintings, drawings, etchings, sculptures, and more.

Viviano Codazzi, “Colosseum and Arch of Constantine,” circa 1650, oil on canvas, 56 x 77 in.
Viviano Codazzi, “Colosseum and Arch of Constantine,” circa 1650, oil on canvas, 56 x 77 in.

Via the press release: “Please join the ICAA to explore the fascinating world of Piraneseum, as member Lucia Howard guides us through her extensive collection of Grand Tour objects that convey the essence of Rome’s splendid architecture, and the timeless grandeur of its ruins. Among the more than seventy antique souvenirs are 17th and 18th century paintings, drawings, and etchings of ruins, both realistic and fully imaginary, as well as lavish, gold-finished bronze models of the Eternal City’s signal landmarks — the Columns of Trajan and Marcus Aurelius, the Arch of Constantine, Lateran Obelisk, and others.”

The exhibition, titled “All Roads Lead to Rome” will continue through August 13 and is located in the International Terminal at the San Francisco Airport. To learn more, visit here.

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Andrew Webster is the former Editor of Fine Art Today and worked as an editorial and creative marketing assistant for Streamline Publishing. Andrew graduated from The University of North Carolina at Asheville with a B.A. in Art History and Ceramics. He then moved on to the University of Oregon, where he completed an M.A. in Art History. Studying under scholar Kathleen Nicholson, he completed a thesis project that investigated the peculiar practice of embedded self-portraiture within Christian imagery during the 15th and early 16th centuries in Italy.


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