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Piranesi's Villa of Maecenas (Interior)

Piranesi Architectural Prints

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Prints by Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

[ Antichita Romane | Vedute di Roma | Vasi ... ed ornamenti antichi | Pompeii ]

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78) is renowned for his splendid views of ancient and modern Rome. In a life time dedicated to recording these magnificent buildings and mysterious ruins, he created a prodigious oeuvre of dramatic and moving images. The large scale Vedute di Roma is one of the best known and most extensive series, and the one that established Piranesi's reputation. Where much of his earlier work, namely the Grotteschi and the Carceri, was more fantastic in subject matter, these views were meant to be careful delineations of principal sites. As such, they became very sought after souvenirs for tourists in Rome. As examples of Piranesi's artistic prowess they are powerful renderings of great architectural and sculptural monuments. Piranesi's Roman views are unmistakable and unrivaled architectural prints.

From Le Antichita Romane.

Rome: G.B. Piranesi, 1756. Etchings.

None currently available.

From Vedute di Roma.

Engravings. Very good to excellent condition unless noted otherwise.

Rome, 1757-78. Lifetime Roman Edition:

None currently available.

Posthumous Roman Edition, [1778]:

None currently available.

First Paris Edition, 1800-7.

Interior of Villa of Maecenas
"Altra veduta interna della Villa di Mecenate in Tivoli." Other interior view of the Villa di Mecenate in Tivoli. [The so-called villa of Mæcenas at Tivoli.] Hind: 84, I. 16 1/2 x 23 3/4. Signed, lower r. in scroll: Cavalier Piranesi inc. Etching. On laid paper, no watermark. Good margins, some skinning and chip in top center margin, else very good. $1,400
Villa of Maecenas, Interior
"Veduta interna della Villa di Mecenate in Tivoli." Interior view of the Villa di Mecenate at Tivoli. [The so-called villa of Mæcenas at Tivoli.] Hind: 73, II. 16 7/8 x 23 3/4. Signed, lower l. margin: Piranesi F. Etching. On laid paper, no watermark. Wide margins. Strong impression. $1,400
Flavian Amphitheater, called the Colosseum
"Veduta dell' Anfiteatro Flavio, detto il Colosseo." Exterior view of the Flavian Amphitheater. [The so-called Colosseum.] Hind: 57, II. Wilton-Ely: 191. 17 1/4 x 27 3/8. Signed, lower r. margin: Piranesi F. Etching. On laid paper, no watermark. Wide margins. Strong impression. Repaired separation along center fold at top; tiny repaired hole at upper right. $1,800

Later Paris Edition, 1835-9 (Edition Firmin-Didot).

Interior of the Colosseum
"Veduta dell' interno dell' Anfiteatro Flavio detto il Colosseo." View of the interior of the Flavian Amphitheater called the Colosseum. Hind: 78, v. 18 x 27 3/8. Narrow margins. Lower right corner separated; expertly reattached. $900

Rome, Regia Calcografia Edition, 1870 +.

None currently available.

From Vasi, candelabri, cippi, sarcofagi, tripodi, lucerne, ed ornamenti antichi . . .

G.B. Piranesi, [1778]

First Paris edition. 1800-1809. Etchings.

Marble vase with frieze
"Vaso antico di marmo adornato di finissimi intagli ed arabeschi . . ." Marble urn with frieze of bucrania. 15 1/2 x 20 1/8. Wilton-Ely: 914. Excellent condition.$450
Marble vase
"Vaso antico di marmo che si vede nel Museo Capitolino alto palmi . . ." Marble vase, side view. 15 1/2 x 20 1/8. Wilton-Ely: 933. Excellent condition.$450
Marble altar
"Ara antica di marmo . . ." Marble altar decorated with friezes in relief and supported by chimeras at the base. 15 1/2 x 20 1/8. Wilton-Ely: 982. Excellent condition.$250
Cinerary urn
"Urna Cineraria antica di marmo . . ." Cinerary urn supported on a bracket. 15 1/2 x 20 1/8. Wilton-Ely: 983. Excellent condition.$250
Curule chair rear
"Prospetto della parte deretana della sudetta Sedia Curule . . ." Rear view of a curial chair. 15 1/2 x 20 1/8. Wilton-Ely: 976. Excellent condition.$250

Francesco Piranesi.
From Antiquités de Pompeïa or Antiquités de la grande Grèce.

Paris: F. Piranesi, 1804-07. First edition. Double folio. Etching. Very good condition.

None currently available.



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