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Auction 182, Lot 608

"Veduta, Nella Via del Corso, del Palazzo dell' Accademia Istituita da Luigi XIV, Re di Francia...", Piranesi, Giovanni Battista

Subject: Rome, Italy

Period: 1757 (circa)

Publication: Vedute di Roma

Color: Black & White

24.4 x 14.9 inches
62 x 37.8 cm
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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 street-level view along the Via del Corso centers on the Palazzo dell' Accademia with dozens of merchants and workers filling the street. A legend within the title cartouche identifies seven locations in the view. Piranesi's imprint is at bottom right. This is the second state, with the address (Presso l'autore a Strada Felice nel Palazzo Tomati vicino alla Trinita de Monti) and the price A paoli due e mezzo included below the title. This is a contemporary Roman edition that was printed during Piranesi's lifetime, which is much more rare than those published posthumously.

References: Hind (Piranesi) #24-II.

Condition: B+

A dark impression a few tiny abrasions on a hand-laid sheet with a fleur-de-lis watermark. The paper has been archivally reinforced on verso and along the edges of the sheet on recto, repairing some areas of paper weakness and a few small worm tracks in the bottom margin.

Estimate: $800 - $1,000

Sold for: $500

Closed on 4/28/2021