Palazzo Sacchetti, Via Giulia [1682-1688]; Via di Sant'Isidoro [1689-1692]; Vicolo della Purificazione [1693-1694]; Strada Felice (Via Sistina) [1702-1707]; Via dei Cimatori [1708-1735]; Campo de' Fiori [1735-1736]
Caspar (or Jasper) van Wittel studied with Matthias Withoos and then moved to Rome around 1673/4. He joined the Bentvueghels under the nickname Piktoors or Toorts van Amersfoort ("Torch of Amersfoort"). His name appears in one of the niches of the Santa Costanza. In red chalk is written: casparus/van/witel/alias de/toordts/1680.
Van Wittel made a successful career in Rome, where he would stay for the rest of his life. Among Van Wittel's patrons in Rome was the Colonna family, which still owns an important collection of his paintings. Van Wittel is buried in the Chiesa Nuova.
Van Wittel pioneered the so-called vedute, panoramic topographical views of important sites in Rome and elsewhere which served as painted postcards avant la lettre for the international travelling elite. With his vedute, Van Wittel thus shaped the European view of Rome in the age of the Grand Tour.
Van Wittel's son, Luigi Vanvitelli (1700-1773), would become the most important architect in eighteenth-century Italy. (AW)