An unframed circa late 1600's or early 1700's oil on wood panel painting of old ruins in a poetic Italianate landscape that includes a distant bridge over a river, more ruins, and several tiny foreground figures with their animals. The 9 3/4" by 12 5/8" oak panel shows great age; it is ever so slightly bowed. I do not see a signature although there may have been one at one time at lower left, where others have rubbed perhaps with saliva, to try to bring up a signature. The work carries with it hundreds of years of soiling, so, a new owner could have it cleaned to remove yellowed varnish and grime. There are two vertical hairline cracks in the panel, which do not seem to undermine its stability. The one at right, having somehow disturbed the varnish layer, is visible as a light vertical line. There are so several small chips and losses on edge at upper left and in the composition, visible as light spots.