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ID number:  BIRBI-69.3
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Miel, Jan (1599-1664)
Title / Object name:  The Arch of Constantine, Rome
Object type:  Painting
Culture:  Flemish
Date made:  1640s
Materials:  Oil on canvas
Measurements:  126.3 x 175.2 cm unframed; 161.1 x 207.8 x 9.2cm framed
Provenance:  John Blackwood, Northants, 18th century; Miss Elizabeth Cartwright; purchased from the Hazlitt Gallery in 1969 for £6,750.

The Roman Arch of Constantine (315 AD) is viewed from near the Colosseum, with the modern facade of Saint Gregory the Great seen in the centre. The great monument has been stripped of its grandeur, acting as a gateway to the countryside beyond for various travellers, including a shepherd and his flock. Only the two artists, who are shown sketching, are aware of the ruin’s significance.

The work is a collaboration between the Flemish painter of genre subjects, Jan Miel, who executed the figures and another artist, perhaps Alessandro Salucci, who did the architecture.

Notes:  Exhibited: British Institution, London, 1839, no. 102 (as landscape by Claude, architecture by Viviani and figures by Miel); 'Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Paintings', Hazlitt Gallery, London, 1969, no. 9.

1 Related People

Miel, Jan

1 Related Publications

Jan Miel, a Flemish painter in Rome
Kren, T.

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