Paolo Anesi

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Landscape of Rome with the Ponte Sisto by Paolo Anesi

Paolo Anesi (1697–1773) was an Italian painter of the 18th century, active mainly in painting capriccios and landscapes (vedute) in the style of Giovanni Paolo Pannini.[1]


Born in Florence, he trained with Giuseppe Bartolomeo Chiari and Bernardino Fergioni. He was admitted to the Accademia di San Luca and to the Congregation of the Virtuosi of the Pantheon (1747).

He collaborated with Paolo Monaldi in a number of works,described as Bambocciata or genre scenes with peasants. Anesi contributed the landscape and architecture. Together they were hired in 1763-1766 by Cardinal Flavio Chigi to decorate his villa outside of Porta Salaria. These frescoes and paintings were removed and sold, and consisted of large canvases depicting:[2]

  • Landscape with Vista of Borgheto
  • Fantasy Landscape (Capriccio) of Lazio with dancing figures and river
  • Vedute of Ariccia
  • Fantasy Landscape (Capriccio) of Roman Ruins and Figures

Among his pupils was Francesco Zuccarelli. Anesi completed also a Views of Rome series containing both The Colosseum and the Arch of Constantine.


  1. ^ Painting(s) by or after Paolo Anesi, Art UK. Paintings in British collections.
  2. ^ Bambocciata, Pellegrini e Villici Presso le Mura Aureliane, description of work by Anesi and Monaldi by Fondazione Sorgente Group.