Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Tab. XXXVIII. "Anaglyphus Romae in villa Medicea, ..." [various architectural fragment details]. From Della Magnificenza ed Architectura de’Romani.Rome, 1761. 17 x 27 3/8. Engraving. Laid paper. Very good condition. W-E798.
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. His best know series, issued circa 1778, was the large scale Vedute di Roma. This impressive print is from an earlier series issued in 1761.
Other prints by Giovanni Battista Piranesi and son Francesco: