(1748 Rome – 1817 Perugia)

“Roman Landscape with the Colosseum and the Arch of Constantin”

Watercolour and ink on paper

415 x 535 mm - 16 ½ x 21 in.


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CARLO LABRUZZI was the younger brother of the painter Pietro Labruzzi and a well-known figure in the Roman art world, becoming a member of the Congregazione dei Virtuosi del Pantheon and in 1796 of the Accademia di San Luca. He painted portraits, genre scenes and altarpieces but is best known for his landscape paintings in the style of Claude, although exhibiting the much lighter colours characteristic of the eighteenth century. These were particularly popular with British visitors to Rome on the Grand Tour.

In 1789 Labruzzi accompanied Sir Richard Colt Hoare of Stourhead along the Via Appia. Their route followed the Roman poet Horace’s description of a journey down the Via Appia to Brindisi in 38 BC. During the journey, Labruzzi executed a series of 226 drawings, some of which are now in the Bibliotheca Apostolica in the Vatican and in the British Museum, London.

In 1814 Labruzzi was offered a position as the director of the Accademia di Belle Arti in Perugia, which he held until his death in 1817.

Claudia Nordhoff kindly confirmed the authorship.