Giovanni Battista Piranesi. “Vaso antico de marmo….” From Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcofagi, Tripodi Lucerne ed ornamenti antichi. Paris, 1800-1809. Etching. Ca. 12 1/2 x 10. 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. Another project he worked on was the depiction of ‘vases, candelabra, grave stones, sarcophagi’ from excavations from Hadrian’s Villa at Tivoli. These were first published in 1778, and then again just after the turn of the century.