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Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Italian, 1720-1778
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.
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S. Paolo Fuori Le Mura (Vedute della Basilica di S. Paolo fuor della mura)
By Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Located in Fairlawn, OH
S. Paolo Fuori Le Mura (Vedute della Basilica di S. Paolo fuor della mura) Etching, 1748 From...
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1740s Old Masters Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Etching

Veduta del Romano Camipidpglio con scalinata che va alla chisea d’Araceli (The C
By Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Veduta del Romano Camipidpglio con scalinata che va alla chisea d’Araceli (The Capitol and the Steps of S. Maria in Aracoeli) Etching, 1775 Watermark: Double Circle Fleur de Lys A li...
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1770s Baroque Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Etching

Pianta di Roma e del Campo Marzo - Etching by G.B. Piranesi - 1774
By Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Located in Roma, IT
Pianta di Roma e del Campo Marzo is a very big dimensions etching and burin with fresh impression on paper, realized around 1774 by Giovan Battista Piranesi. It is realized on three joined sheets of thick laid paper. In very good condition except for some signs of the time and a usual and diffused yellowing of the paper and usual folds of the paper. Engraved title in Italian: (Plan of Rome and the Campus Martius). Dedication: To Clement XIIII Pontifex Maximus Patron of the Fine Arts, G.B. Piranesi Architect. The plates are still preserved at the Calcografia dell’Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica in Rome, in the order specified by the Calcographie Piranesi in the Paris editions, following the first title page of Tomo I of the Vedute di Roma, marked by the numbers 683-685. The dating The dating of the work is complex: In the 1792 the Francesco Piranesi's catalog, son of the author, assigned the artwork to 1778, a date which, although very late - the author dies. Really on November 9 of that year - is accepted by Focillon and Hind. This dating, however, is certainly based on an error, because in the Warning at the top of the map, the author refers to the "approval" that designed to show the Sanctity of N. Mister Pope CLEMENT XIV happily reigning", for which the work can not be later than 1774. In support of this dating, it is a sample of the Catalog of Works, described by Scott, which contains three handwritten entries for three Views of Rome dating back to 1774, and indicates that the map was already available. Thus the most likely date for this plan is c. 1774, on the basis of the dedication to the ruling pope, who died in September that year, and because it is mentioned for the first time in a state of the Catalogo inciso, itself datable to 1774, as being included in the collection of the Vedute di Roma. The numbers positioned in front of the monuments in the 4 columns of indices under the plan refer to the main sites illustrated in the Antichità Romane, Della Magnificenza, Campo Marzio. "Plan of Rome and Campo Marzo" The "Plan of Rome and Campo Marzo" belongs to the peak of Piranesi's career. Born from the need to offer a reference plant that accompanied the more than 100 tables...
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1770s Old Masters Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Etching

XXXIII Fig. I Avanzo del Tempio di Castore e Polluce
By Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Located in Fairlawn, OH
XXXIII Fig. I Avanzo del Tempio di Castore e Polluce .View of the Remains of the Peristyle of the House of Nero, Etching, 1756 Signed in the plate (see photo) From: Le Antichità Roma...
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1750s Old Masters Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Etching

Tiempo Antico vulgarmente detto della Salute
By Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Located in Wilton Manors, FL
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) Tempio antico volgarmente detto della Salute su la Via d'Albano, cinque miglia lontan da Roma... (Ancient Temple popularly known as the Temple of Health on the Via d'Albano five miles outside Rome...), from Vedute di Roma...
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18th Century Rococo Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Engraving

Veduta dell'esterno della gran Basilica di S. Pietro in Vaticano
By Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Located in Fairlawn, OH
Veduta dell'esterno della gran Basilica di S. Pietro in Vaticano (View of the Exterior of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican) Etching, 1748 From the first printing of the "Vedute di...
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1740s Old Masters Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Etching

St. Peter's Interior with the Nave
By Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Located in Fairlawn, OH
St. Peter's Interior with the Nave Veduta interna della Basilica di S. Pietro in Vaticano Etching, 1748 Signed in the plate From: Vedute di Roma, Plate 5 An early Roman...
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1740s Old Masters Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Etching

The Ponte and Castel S. Angelo (Veduta del Ponte e Castello Sant' Angelo)
By Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Located in Fairlawn, OH
The Ponte and Castel S. Angelo Veduta del Ponte e Castello Sant' Angelo Etching, 1754 Signed in the plate lower right above the caption From: Vedute di Roma A proper Roman printing with the price in the lower right corner. Printed on a Double Circle Fleur de Lys watermark paper, c. 1760, with full margins. A brilliant impression . Note: A view of the Tiber River, Castello Sant' Angelo and St. Peter's Basilica in the distance. Watermark: Double Circle Fleur de Lys References: Robison c/g Hind 29 ii/VII Foclllon 793 Condition: A Roman printing before the numbers added in Paris. Printed on a Double Circle Fleur-de-Lys watermark paper. Right margin folded over 5/8 inches for framing. Usual centerfold as issued in the album. Slight aging to the sheet. Binding holes at the left margin edge Framed with plexi. Plate size: 14 7/8 x 22 7/8 inches Sheet size: 21 5/8 x 30 5/16 inches Frame size: 22 3/4 x 33 1/2 inches Sant’Angelo Bridge, Italian Ponte Sant’Angelo, ancient (Latin) Pons Aelius, ancient Roman bridge, probably the finest surviving in Rome itself, built over the Tiber by the emperor Hadrian (reigned 117–138 AD) to connect the Campus Martius with his mausoleum (later renamed Castel Sant’Angelo). The bridge was completed about AD 135. It consists of seven stone arches and five main spans of about 60 feet (18 m) each, supported on piers 24 feet (7 m) high. In the 13th century Pope Clement IV installed an iron balustrade and in the 16th century Pope Clement VII placed statues of Saints Peter and Paul...
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1750s Old Masters Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Etching

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