Oil on canvas, 117cm by 160cm. In a carved and gilded frame.
The artist was born in Naples, where he trained with his father Viviano, a noted painter of architectural scenes, capricci and vedute. The subject matter, with its combination of ruins and nature was becoming increasingly popular in the 17th Century, reflecting the interest of collectors in the discovered remains of Classical Rome. Niccolo Codazzi later travelled to Paris, where he received commissions from Louis XIV at Versailles and became a member of the prestigious Académie Royale de Peinture et de Sculpture.