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The Appian Way

John Linton Chapman

American Art

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.
MEDIUM Oil on canvas
DATES 1869
DIMENSIONS frame: 38 3/4 × 81 5/16 × 3 5/8 in. (98.4 × 206.5 × 9.2 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"
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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
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CAPTION John Linton Chapman (American, 1839-1905). The Appian Way, 1869. Oil on canvas, frame: 38 3/4 × 81 5/16 × 3 5/8 in. (98.4 × 206.5 × 9.2 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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 79.87_SL1.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 79.87_SL1.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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