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Giovanni Panini

Born: Piacenza, Italy, 17 June 1691
Died: Rome, 21 October 1765
Nationality: Italian
Studies: 

stage design, painting

Career: 

1711 – moves to Rome

1717 – focuses on city view (vedute) paintings

1719 – becomes member of and professor at Academy of St Luke (Rome)

1732 –becomes member of and professor at French Academy in Rome

Commissions from: 

Pope Innocent XIII

Important Artworks: 

Interior of St Peter’s, 1731 (several versions, including at St Louis Art Museum)

The Roman Forum, 1735 (Detroit Institute of Art)

Picture Gallery with Views of Modern Rome, 1757, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

(commissioned by Duke of Choiseul to commemorate his stay in Rome as French ambassador to the Vatican)