The Appian Way
Images of places can also represent time. For nineteenth-century Americans, who understood the American landscape to be unmarked by traces of past civilizations, the ancient ruins of Europe were objects of fascination and contemplation.
With the American tourist in mind, John Linton Chapman produced numerous versions of this painting of the Via Appia, the ancient roadway outside Rome that is lined with the ruins of tombs. Chapman describes the scene in precise detail, thus competing with popular photographic views of the site.
- Artist: John Linton Chapman, American, 1839-1905
- Medium: Oil on canvas
- Dates: 1869
- Dimensions: Frame: 3 5/8 x 38 3/4 x 81 5/16 in. (9.2 x 98.4 x 206.5 cm) 29 7/16 x 71 9/16 in. (74.8 x 181.8 cm) (show scale)
- Signature: Signed lower right: "J. Linton Chapman./ Roma./ 1869."
- Inscriptions: Inscribed on verso: "Via Appia/ painted for Silas C. Herring, Esq. N.Y./ by J. Linton Chapman. Roma. 1869"
- Collections:American Art
- Museum Location: This item is on view in Great Hall, 1st Floor
- Accession Number: 79.87
- Credit Line: Gift of The Roebling Society, Carll H. de Silver Fund, Caroline H. Polhemus Fund, A. Augustus Healy Fund, Frederick Loeser Fund
- Rights Statement: No known copyright restrictions
- Caption: John Linton Chapman (American, 1839-1905). The Appian Way, 1869. Oil on canvas, Frame: 3 5/8 x 38 3/4 x 81 5/16 in. (9.2 x 98.4 x 206.5 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of The Roebling Society, Carll H. de Silver Fund, Caroline H. Polhemus Fund, A. Augustus Healy Fund, Frederick Loeser Fund, 79.87
- Record Completeness: Best (84%)