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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Piranesi Etching of Ancient Roman Marble Vase, ""

1778

$2,975

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"Vaso antico di Marmo adornato di eccellenti Sculture si nella parte anteriere che nell' opposta, le quail rappresentano Fauni e Baccanti" (Marble vase with a frieze of fauns) is an etching by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, published in Rome in 1778. It is plate 41 in Piranesi's monumental work "Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcofagi, Tripodi, Lucerne, Ed Ornamenti Antichi", (Vases, candelabra, grave stones, sarcophagi, tripods, lamps, and ancient ornaments). It depicts an ancient Roman marble cinary vase. The inscription at the bottom of the etching reads: "Al Signor Thomasso Moore Slade Cavaliere Inglese Seguace, ed Amatore delle Belle Arti", which roughly translates: To Mr. Thomasso Moore Slade English Knight, Follower, and Lover of Fine Arts. Piranesi was knighted by the Pope in 1765 and he was elected a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries in England in 1757. The etching is printed on heavy laid, chain-linked paper. There is a central horizontal fold, as issues and small holes at the upper edge where the print was bound. There are a few tiny spots, but the print is otherwise in excellent condition. Piranesi was born in Venice in 1720 and died in Rome in 1778. He was the son of a stone mason and was trained as an architect. After a slow start he eventually achieved great success as an architect, archaeologist, artist, designer, collector, and antiquities dealer. His mission was to glorify the architecture of ancient Rome through his engravings and etchings. His highly dramatized prints often depict imaginary interiors and frequently include figures in mysterious activities, who are dwarfed by the magnitude of their monumental surroundings. Piranesi's style greatly influenced the neoclassical art movement of the late 18th century. His dramatic scenes inspired generations of set designers, as well as artists, architects and writers. His prints have continued to increase in value to institutions and collectors.

Details

  • Creator
    Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778, Italian)
  • Creation Year
    1778
  • Dimensions
    Height: 28.28 in. (71.84 cm)Width: 14.63 in. (37.17 cm)
  • Medium
  • Movement & Style
  • Period
    1770-1779
  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Alamo, CA
  • Reference Number
    Seller: #32361stDibs: LU117328599652

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