Architectural Paintings

The historic city: memory and ruins (Room 3)

Of the city views depicted in art, none enjoyed greater fortune than Rome. Two panoramic views of Rome are included in this section: one fairly true to life with respect to what fifteenth-century travellers would have found; and another in which its streets are the setting for a dramatic and violent event—the Sack of Rome. The paintings featuring ruins allude to concepts such as the birth of a New Era that heralds the coming of Christ; the destructive passage of time, as explicitly expressed by Herman Posthumus; and the artist’s training and the intellectual process of creation—a message conveyed by Maerten van Heemskerck’s self-portrait with the Colosseum.

Paisaje con ruinas antiguas [Tempus edax rerum]

Herman Posthumus (East Frisia, 1513/1514-Amsterdam, between 1566 y 1588) Landscape with Roman Ruins [Tempus edax rerum]

Oil on canvas.
96 x 141.5 cm
Vaduz-Viena, Sammlungen des Fürsten von und zu Liechtenstein; inv. GE740

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Caja Madrid Museo Thyssen Bornemisza