Piranesi inscriptions from sepulchres in Pompeii


Giovanni Battista Piranesi.  “Inscriptions sépulchrales, et autres, trouvées dans les fabriques adjacentes à la Porte de la Ville de Pompeïa.”  Paris, 1804.  Etching.  15 3/4 x 22 1/4.  Very good condition.

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78) is renowned for his splendid views of ancient and modern Rome.  In a life time dedicated to recording these magnificent buildings and mysterious ruins, he created a prodigious oeuvre of dramatic and moving images.  The large scale Vedute di Roma is one of the best known and most extensive series, and the one that established Piranesi’s reputation.  Much of his earlier work, namely the Grotteschi and the Carceri, was more fantastic in subject matter, and he also included images of other ancient sites such as this view of the sepulchres in Pompeii.