Makers of Ruins
September 18, 2012 9:57 AM Subscribe
Once upon a time, there was a wizard who knew what Heaven and Hell looked like.On Joseph Michael Gandy (1771 – 1843), the architect's assistant who painted palaces that never were and ruins that had yet to be.
Gandy's architectural fantasies are properly called capricci. The capriccio genre was launched by Venetian landscape painters who grew tired of executing the same handful of views of the Grand Canal for tourists and began to make up new antique panoramas. The style attained profundity and terror in the etchings of Piranesi (previously) and an odd ruinous calm on the massive canvases of Hubert Robert.
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