Throughout his life, Panini displayed great artistic versality, producing successful architectural plans, frescoes and even fireworks. It was his easel paintings, however, that procured him the greatest fame. He produced vedute – landscapes and city views – of the Eternal City for the local nobility as well as wealthy Grand Tourists seeking souvenirs. Panini’s fame coincided with a broader interest in the marvels of classical Rome and which was paralleled by the vogue for Piranesi’s engravings of Roman sights. Sometimes described as ‘furnishing pictures’, paintings by Panini, were often conceived of as pairs and were integral to the decoration of the new neo-classical houses being built in eighteenth-century England.
Books on Giovanni Paolo Panini
David Mayernik, ‘The Capricci of Giovanni Paolo Panini’, in The Architectural Capriccio: Memory, Fantasy and Invention, ed by Lucien Steil, Burlington, 2014.
Marc Bayard, Émile Beck-Saiello, Aude Gobet, eds., L’Académie de France à Rome : le Palais Mancici : un foyer artistique dans l’Europe des Lumières (1725-1792), Rennes, 2016.
David R. Marshall, Rediscovering a Baroque Villa in Rome: Cardinal Patrizi and the Villa Patrizi 1715-1909, Rome, 2016.
Zsuzsanna Dobos, Caravaggio to Canaletto: The Glory of Italian Baroque and Rococo Painting, exh. cat. Budapest, 2013.
Mario Bevilacqua and Marcello Fagiolo, eds., Piante di Roma dal Rinascimento ai Catasti, Rome, 2012.
Christina Strunck, ed., Galleries in a comparative European perspective, 1400-1800, Munich, 2010.
Raffaella Morselli and Rossella Vodret, eds., Ritratto di una collezione. Pannini e la galleria del Cardinale Silvio Valenti Gonzaga, exh. cat. Milan, 2010.
Joseph J. Rishel and Edgar Peters Bowron, Art in Rome in the Eighteenth Century, exh. cat. Philadelphia, 2000.
Michael Kiene, Panini, exh. cat. Paris, 1992.
Ferdinando Arisi, Gian Paolo Panini, Soncino, 1991.
Giuliano Briganti and Bernard Aikema, eds., La Pittura in Italia: Il Settecento, 2 vols. Milan, 1990.
Giancarlo Sestieri, La Pittura del Settecento, Turin, 1988.
William Beckford, Dreams, Waking Thoughts, and Incidents, London, 1783.