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A View of Paestum, c. 1759

Antonio Joli
Italian, 1700-1777
Oil on canvas
30-3/16 x 47-3/4 in. (76.7 x 121.3 cm)
Norton Simon Art Foundation, Gift of Mr. Norton Simon
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Born in Modena, Antonio Joli went to Rome as a young man and studied under Giovanni Paolo Pannini. After Joli moved to Venice in 1735, Canaletto encouraged his art, and Joli became one of the finest architectural view painters of his day. A View of Paestum exemplifies the mid-eighteenth century taste for ruins reflecting the classical past. A Greek colony in southern Italy, Paestum possessed some of the best preserved Doric-style structures. Joli’s perspective from the east shows the temples of Hera, Poseidon and Athena. Walls mark the ancient boundar-ies of the town, with a modern village nestled in its foothills and Monti di Cilento in the background. Paestum was a popular stop on the Grand Tour, and Joli provided a number of paintings of the site for its many visitors.

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