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Auction 166, Lot 598

Stunning, Large-Scale View of St. Peter's Basilica by Vasi

"All' Altezza Reale Eminentissima di Errigo Benedetto Maria Vescovo di Frascati Cardinal Duca d'Yorck ... Il Prospetto Principale del Tempio e Piazza di S. Pietro in Vaticano, e Palazzo Pontificio...",

Subject: Rome, Italy

Period: 1774 (dated)


Color: Black & White

38.2 x 27.7 inches
97 x 70.4 cm
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This dramatic view of St. Peter's Basilica was created by Giuseppe Vasi. It is a superbly rendered bird’s-eye view of the Basilica and the enormous piazza and colonnades that stretch out before it. A legend at bottom identifies 13 numbered locations in the view. Printed on two sheets, joined.


Condition: B+

A dark impression with light soiling and a number of very small worm holes that have been professionally infilled on verso, with a minute amount of image replaced in facsimile at top left. There are also professional repairs to some chips and tears confined to the blank margins.

Estimate: $1,800 - $2,100


Closed on 2/14/2018