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Auction 138, Lot 690

One of Piranesi's Views of Rome

"Veduta del Campidoglio di Fianco…", Piranesi, Francesco

Subject: Rome, Italy

Period: 1775 (circa)

Publication: Vedute di Roma

Color: Black & White

26.5 x 15.5 inches
67.3 x 39.4 cm

Giovanni Battista Piranesi was an Italian artist and engraver who is famous for creating a series of views of Rome, and was one of the most influential artists in the development of the neoclassical style of the late 18th century. Following Piranesi’s death in 1778, his heirs continued to publish his works, first from Rome and then from Paris, reissuing his etchings until 1839. This view depicts the Capitoline Hill from the side of the central steps. A legend within the title cartouche identifies eleven significant architectural features, including the Palazzo Senatorio, Palazzo dei Conservatori, and the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. Piranesi's imprint is at bottom right. This is the sixth state, published in Paris by Firmin-Didot.

References: Hind (Giovanni Battista Piranesi) #39-VI.

Condition: A+

Estimate: $550 - $700

Sold for: $400

Closed on 12/7/2011