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View of Piazza del Popolo by Gaspar Van Wittel, 1718 ca

At the beginning of the XVIII century Piazza del Popolo was one of the main point of entrance to the city, a lively spot where the flow of travelers and merchants was continous.

The area went through a series of deep renovations ordered by Pope Alexander VII Chigi which started in the second half of the XVII century and included:

Van Wittel captured the scene with his innovative sun-drenched style in light tonalities which despite having little influence in his native land had an enduring effect in Italy where they set examples for leading eighteenth-century vedutisti.