The Roman Forum early 19th cent. watercolor
The Roman Forum early 19th cent. watercolor
Large watercolor on paper depicting a view of the part of the Roman Forum called Campo Vaccino, mounted within a gilded and black lacquered wooden frame.
Roman school of the early nineteenth century, attributable to Simone Pomardi (1757-1830), dating around 1812-1824 years of the restoration of the Arch of Titus.
Sheet dimensions 50 x 72 cm, framed 62.5 x 82.5 cm approx.
Excellent condition, commensurate with age, slight foxing and tarnishing of colors.
The present watercolor is part of a series of four works by the same author to be sold together:
At the center in the foreground the fountain used as watering place for the cattles, on the right the three columns of the Temple of Castor and Pollux, behind them, the church of Santa Maria Liberatrice at the Roman Forum and further in the entrance of the Farnese Gardens. While on the left, the Temple of Antoninus and Faustina, followed by the Temple of Divo Romolo, behind which you can see the Basilica of Maxentius, at the bottom on the left the Church of Santa Francesca Romana, behind which you can see the Colosseum, while on the right the 'Arch of Titus, still incorporated in the structures of the convent.
Simone Pomardi (Monte Porzio Catone, 1757 - Rome, 1830) was a painter, draftsman and traveler. He was born in Monte Porzio by Giovanni Battista, notary and chancellor, and by Angiola Antonia Ilari, in 1783 he moved to Rome where he cohabited with some fellow artists, including Francesco Caucig and Giuseppe Bergler. It was noted, between the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, for its large watercolors, almost always architectural subject, faithfully depicting Rome and its surroundings. He was the master of painting of Alessandro Castelli, his nephew from his mother. From his drawings the best calcographers of the time obtained etchings published in various books: Collection of ancient and modern views of the City of Rome and its surroundings engraved by various authors, 1816 (six drawings by Pomardi engraved by Antonio Testa and Pietro Parboni), Antiquities of Rome recently excavated up to the ancient floor designed by Simone Pomardi, 1817 (11 views of Rome and one of Tivoli), Antiquarian tour in the sorroundings of Rome by Antonio Nibby of 1819 (30 drawings by Pomardi engraved by Pietro Parboni), of XXXX Ancient and Modern Views of the City of Rome and its vicinity engraved by Morelli, Feoli, Ruga and other famous bullies (1821). He also collaborated on the illustrations of the Satyra V of Horace and Virgil's Aeneid published under the patronage of Elizabeth Duchess of Devonshire between 1816 and 1819. Between 1804 and 1806 Pomardi made a trip to Greece with Edward Dodwell, an Irish scholar. . The two performed many drawings and watercolors and about 800 of these works, preserved by Dodwell's heirs, remained unpublished until 2002 when they were purchased by David W. Packard, on behalf of the Packard Humanities Institute in Los Altos, California. A part of this extraordinary collection was exhibited for the first time at the British Museum and then in Rome in 2013 in the exhibition "The rediscovery of the ancient" set up in the Curia Julia of the Roman Forum. "The painted landscapes represent a rare testimony of the acropolis of Athens, the monuments of Mycenae, the port of Corfu and other archaeological sites as they appeared at the time of the Ottoman domination of Greece, seen through the eyes of the archaeologist and erudite Edward Dodwell, self-taught and talented watercolorist, and the Italian artist Simone Pomardi, already known for aquarelle paintings, rarely in tempera, in which he portrayed ancient Rome at the time of the French occupation. " A few years after his trip to Greece in 1819, Dodwell published A Classical and Topographical Tour through Greece during the years 1801, 1805, and 1806, with drawings by Simone Pomardi. In 1820 Pomardi published Journey in Greece made by Simone Pomardi, in the years 1804, 1805, and 1806, a detailed travel diary, covering not only the art and archeology but also the customs, customs and politics of the Greece of the time. "In this way Pomardi is the first Italian, if we exclude the inconclusive experience of Giovanni Battista Lusieri, to become the interpreter of the rediscovery of the historical and social world of Greece at the dawn of the nineteenth century following a line already opened by English and French "Finally, in 1821, Dodwell published Views in Greece from drawings by Edward Dodwell with some lithographs taken from Pomardi drawings. Serious health problems, which occurred around 1820, prevented Simone Pomardi from working. He died in Rome on 3rd November.