Giovanni B. Piranesi. [Restored detail of the Trophy of Octavian Augustus - three shields and helmet]. From Trofei di Ottaviano Augusto.
Rome: . 20 ¼ x 14 ½. Engraving. Laid paper. Very good condition. W-E pg.318 #5.
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.
Other prints by Giovanni Battista Piranesi and son Francesco:
Trophies of Octavian (cuirass, shield & spear)