The Lottery in Piazza di Montecitorio, Rome by Giovanni Paolo Panini

View of crowds assembled to witness the drawing of lottery numbers on the balcony of the Palazzo di Montecitorio in Rome.


Oil on canvas
105 x 165 cm
Art Fund grant:
£150,000 ( Total: £1,840,687; Tax remission)
Acquired in:
The N R Colville Will Trust

The winning numbers flutter down to the eager people below. Lotteries originated in Venice as private games but were so popular and lucrative that they were taken over by city authorities. Panini was the most famous and successful townscape painter in 18th-century Rome. This work was acquired with assistance from the Wolfson Foundation.


Painted for Cardinal Domenico Orsini (1719-1789), Rome; Count Peter Andreivich Shouvaloff / Shuvalov (1827-1889), St Petersburg; Sophie, wife of Count Alexander Benckendorff (1848-1917); Count Constantin Benckendorff (1880-1959); Thomas Agnew and Sons Ltd

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