Giovanni Battista Piranesi. "Veduta della Basilica di S. Lorenzo, fuori delle Mura." [Basilica of San Lorenzo outside the walls]. From Vedute di Roma.
Rome: G.B. Piranesi, 1760+. 14 7/8 x 26. Engraving. Laid paper. Spot near top center. Else, very good condition. W-E 186. Framed to museum specifications.
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: