Caspar Andriaans van Wittel (1653 - 1736)

Gaspar van Wittel (1653 – 1736) was a Dutch landscape painter. He was also known in Italy as Gaspare Vanvitelli. His son Luigi would become a famous architect and also carries the Italianized family name of Vanvitelli. In Luigi’s biography is written that his father was born in July 1656 (in Amersfoort), but Van Wittel’s grave in Rome states that he died at the age of 83 in September 13, 1736 in Rome.

Van Wittel learned painting in his hometown of Amersfoort. In Amersfoort, he likely was exposed to Dutch landscape artists such as Jan van der Heyden and Gerrit Adriaensz Berckheyde. His first extant works were made in Hoorn in 1672, but he relocated to Rome with his family about 1675 and made his career there. He married in Rome in 1697, and stayed most of his life in that city, though, between 1694 and 1710, he toured Italy and painted in places like Florence, Bologna, Ferrara, Venice, Milan, Piacenza and Naples.

Caspar Andriaans van Wittel Paintings

The Castel Sant'Angelo from the South The St Peter's in Rome View of Florence from the Via Bolognese View of Naples Villa Aldobrandini at Frascati