Two of the most prominent experts on Pannini are Michael Kiene and Ferdinando Arisi. Kiene's books focus on Pannini's works depicting ceremonies and fetes in the form of festaioli, festival tableaux. He also argues that all of subsequent Italian landscape art develops out of Roman landscape painting of the seventeenth-century.
Bowron's review of books by Kiene and Arisi stresses Pannini's importance at the center of the art scene in Rome, but notes that Pannini's importance lies in the fact that as a teacher at the most prestigious art academy in Rome, the Académie de France, Pannini taught a generation of French and Italian painters how to synthesize of the heritage of the Italian renaissance with the innovations of recent French painting, particularly the work of Nicolas Poussin.
In Bowron's words, "Although Italian-born, Panini was frenchified in the extreme: he spoke and wrote French fluently, signed his name 'Jean Paul Panini' when the occasion demanded, and taught perspective at the Académie de France in Rome." He also "exercised a powerful influence upon a number of French painters in Rome, including ... Hubert Robert" (117).
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