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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
(Mogliano Veneto, 720 - Roma, 1778)

Veduta di Piazza di Spagna.

Roma., 1750
EUR 1.500,00
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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
(Mogliano Veneto, 720 - Roma, 1778)

Veduta di Piazza di Spagna.
Roma., 1750

mm. 400x 602 

Roma.

Etching and burin. State VI/VIII. 400x602 mm, signed on the plate. Engraving on laid paper. Series of “Vedute di Roma”. Some stains, fine specimen of the first edition of Paris.

 

Condition Report

In 1747 Piranesi began work on the Vedute di Roma, a labour of love that he returned to for the rest of his life. This series of 135 individually produced plates were highly influential on the European idea of classical antiquity. The knowledge of ancient building methods that he brought to his archaeological prints led to his election to the Society of Antiquarians of London in 1757. 

After the author's death, in 1778, the plates were inherited by his son Francesco, who took care of its publication first in the capital, and later in Paris. Further editions were produced up to 1835 when the firm of Firmin-Didot acquired the plates. They continued to issue impressions until 1839 when the plates were bought by the Camera Apostolica in Rome. The plates are now housed in the Calcografie Nazionale in Rome. 

 

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Hind, 18.
sun 9 December 2018
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Exhibition Time: Wednesday 5 December to Saturday 8 December 2018 from 10 a.m. to 6.00 p.m.