Signed Vedder (ll); signed Vedder and inscribed Minerva Medica as it was during the changes when making the new quarter on the reverse
Oil on canvas laid to stretched canvas
7 1/2 x 12 3/4 inches
Berry-Hill Galleries, New York
The structure depicted, thought to be the Temple of Minerva Medica, is actually a 4th century A. D. nymphaeum, or monumental fountain that was a part of the Horti Liciniani complex on the Esquiline Hill. The misnomer dates to the discovery of the Minerva Guistiniani excavated in the 17th century, though it is disputed that the famous work was even found at this site. The structure's dome collapsed in 1828.
The present work is a charming example of Vedder's Italian landscapes.
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