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From the King’s Topographical Collection, this panorama of Rome looking north-east measures 104.9 x 264.2 cm and was dedicated by Vasi, born in Corleone and educated in the Collegio Carolino in Palermo, to Charles III of Spain, who had recently abdicated the Sicilian throne. After leaving Sicily Vasi settled in Rome, where he studied under Sebastiano Conca, Pier Leone Ghezzi and Filippo Juvarra and obtained the patronage of Cardinal Neri Corsini. Between 1747 and 1761, Vasi produced ten volumes of views of Rome entitled Delle Magnificenze di Roma antica e moderna. Vasi includes himself in the panorama sketching in the foreground at left. A coloured version of the panorama is displayed after the black and white impression.


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