Auction 139, Lot 546

One of Piranesi's Magnificent Views of Rome

"Veduta del Romano Campidoglio con Scalinata che va alla Chiesa d'Araceli", Piranesi, Giovanni Battista

Subject: Rome, Italy

Period: 1775 (circa)

Publication: Vedute di Roma

Color: Black & White

21 x 15 inches
53.3 x 38.1 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 magnificent view of the Capitoline Hill shows the steps to the Church of S. Maria in Aracoeli at left. A legend at bottom identifies eight significant architectural features, including the Palazzo Senatorio, Palazzo dei Conservatori, and the equestrian statue of Marcus Aurelius. Piranesi's imprint is at bottom right. The address and price are included at bottom, indicating that this is the second state: Presso l'autore a Strada Felice nel Palazzo Tomati vicino alla Trinita de Monti. A paoli due e mezzo.

References: Hind (Giovanni Battista Piranesi) #38-II.

Condition: B+

On thick, hand-laid paper with wide margins, light soiling and a light vertical crease down center. A hole in lower blank margin has been professionally closed, a few short tears in blank margins have been closed on verso, and there are light pencil marks in lower blank margin, all far from map image.

Estimate: $1,500 - $2,000


Closed on 2/15/2012