Auction 140, Lot 673

"Veduta del Ponte e Castello Sant' Angelo", Piranesi, Giovanni Battista

Subject: Rome, Italy

Period: 1835 (circa)

Publication: Vedute di Roma

Color: Black & White

23.3 x 14.5 inches
59.2 x 36.8 cm

Giovanni Battista Piranesi was an Italian artist and engraver and one of the most influential artists in the development of the neoclassical style of the late 18th century. His Views of Rome (Vedute di Roma) is his most celebrated work. 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 bridge leading to Castel Sant' Angelo (the Mausoleum of Hadrian) at right. In the foreground are several small boats in the Tiber River, with the dome of St. Peter's Basilica in the distance. Piranesi's imprint is at bottom right. This is the sixth state, published in Paris by Firmin-Didot.

References: Hind (Giovanni Battista Piranesi) #29-VI.

Condition: B

A nice impression on heavy paper with wide margins and a few abrasions. There are two archivally repaired tears in the sky at left and on the <i>Palazzo Pontificio</i>.

Estimate: $1,200 - $1,500

Sold for: $600

Closed on 5/23/2012