Caspar van Wittel: life and works

By Gwylym Owen

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Caspar van Wittel or Gaspar van Wittel (born Jasper Adriaensz van Wittel; 1652 or 1653 – September 13, 1736), known in Italian as Gaspar Vanvitelli (IPA: [ˈɡaspare vaɱviˈtɛlli]) or Gasparo degli Occhiali (IPA: [ˈɡasparo deʎʎ okˈkjaːli]), was a Dutch painter and draughtsman who had a long career in Rome. He played a pivotal role in the increase of the genre of topographical painting known as veduta. He is attributed with turning topography into a painterly specialism in Italian art.

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