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Capriccio
Fantastical Architecture

Capricci are the original concept art. Popularized during the Renaissance and Baroque movements, capriccio paintings depict architectual fantasy. Rather than a boring old realistic landscape, the artist might reimagine a building as a dramatic, crumbling ruin, or they might add an impossibly grand castle or fountain built by an imagined empire. Capriccio is also a musically term, for lively virtuosic tunes.

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Capriccio with ruins of the Roman Forum, Claude Lorrain

Capriccio with ruins of the Roman Forum Claude Lorrain, 1634

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