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A View through Three Arches of the Third Story of the Colosseum by C.W. Eckersberg

A View through Three Arches of the Third Story of the Colosseum, 1815

C.W. Eckersberg

You can almost feel the warmth radiating off the ancient stones in the foreground of this photo-realistic painting. Each formidable arch frames a different view of the city from the Roman Coliseum: viaducts and rolling fields, on the left, towers and clustered houses of the city, at center, and the sun-drenched stone walls of a Roman church, or basilica, on the right. Above each of these postcard views float puffy white clouds in a deep blue sky. The artist painted outdoors, keenly observing every detail, and probably used binoculars to capture the background scene. While each of the three separate views was true to life, the overall view is a construct, linked by the painter into a single harmonious whole.

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Credit
National Gallery of Denmark, Copenhagen