Pont du Gard & Arena of Nîme
Pont du Gard & Arena of Nîme
Pont du Gard & Arena of Nîme

FRENCH SCHOOL (18th Century )

Pont du Gard & Arena of Nîme

c. 1780 France

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A pair of Grand Tour oil paintings depicting the two related structures in the South of France; The Pont du Gard and The Arena of Nîme.
French, late 18th century, within period English gilt gesso frames.
It has long been thought that the Pont du Gard was built by Augustus' son-in-law and aide, Marcus Vipsanius Agrippa, around the year 19 BC. Newer excavations, however, suggest the construction may have taken place in the middle of the first century A.D. Designed to carry the water across the small Gardon river valley, it was part of a nearly 50 km aqueduct that brought water from the Fontaines d'Eure springs near Uzès to the Castellum in the Roman city of Nemausus (Nîmes).
The Arena of Nîmes is a Roman amphitheater found in the French city of Nîmes. Built around 70A.D., it was remodeled in 1863 to serve as a bullring.The Arena of Nîmes was constructed in the time of Emperor Augustus. As the Empire fell, the amphitheater was fortified by the Visigoths and surrounded by a wall. During the turbulent years that followed the collapse of Visigoth power in Hispania and Septimania, not to mention the Muslim invasion and subsequent reconquest by the French kings in the early eighteenth century, the viscounts of Nîmes constructed a fortified palace within the amphitheater. Later a small neighborhood developed within its confines, complete with one hundred denizens and two chapels. Seven hundred people lived within the amphitheater during the apex of its service as an enclosed community.
Height 23.00 inch (58.42 cm)
Width 17.25 inch (43.81 cm)
External Height 21.25 inch (53.97 cm)
External Width 27.00 inch (68.58 cm)
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oil on canvas

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