Ivanov has written this landscape in days of the full creative maturity. The Via Appia constructed still by Romans during antique times, goes on boundless plain. It is an ancient way on which once took place incalculable Roman legions along which there were crosses with the crucified slaves and Christian martyrs. This district, and is represented here Roman Kampanja – the witness of history of mankind. Are lengthways expensive – the tombs of the first Christians hardly planned, almost aeriform. We see a heath treated in a somewhat generalized manner: in the middle ground is a small hill, then a group of ruins, and behind them, at a distance, the buildings and dome of the Cathedral of St Peter depicted on a very small scale.
All is insignificant, all is reduced to a shadow in the face of inevitable time. This landscape – unique, which Ivanov named "historical".
«always sad, always gloomy, Kampanja has one solemn minute – a sunset; here she competes to the sea … Who was not in Italy, that does not know that such colour, illumination … Sad Kampanja inseparably linked with ruins of ancient Rome; they supplement each other. That it, really, for improbable greatness in these stones. Not without reason on worship these ruins each generation from all ends of the formed world» is.