DIMENSIONS: (unframed) 19.7 x 33.5 in./ 50.0 x 85.0 cm
SIGNATURE: Signed lower right and annotated “Rome”
MEDIUM: Oil on canvas
In 1734, a group of young British gentlemen, all alumni of the Grand Tour in Italy, formed a dining club in London. Calling themselves ‘The Society of Dilettanti’ (from the Italian word, dilettare, to take delight). The close-knit association transformed classical antiquity from a private pleasure to a public benefit by sponsoring archaeological expeditions, forming collections, and publishing influential books on ancient architecture and sculpture.