Antichita Romana Vol 1 p XIII Fig. 1 Colonna Antonina

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Antichita Romana Vol 1 p XIII Fig. 1 Colonna Antonina
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PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.

XIII Fig. 1 Colonna Antonina

Rome, G B Piranesi 1756


130 x 210 mm

Wilton Ely 302


Le Antichita Romane

The Antichita illustrate the tombs along the Appian Way and similar areas outside the city. While the tombs, their occupants and their builders are mostly unknown, these plates are among Piranesi's most romantic views, his crumbling masonry given weight and grandeur by the low viewpoints, the strong light affects and the tiny figures of tourists, peasants and goats. Piranesi's studies of the antiquities of Rome was one of the great archaeological works of its era; appealing both to the architects and designers of the day as well as to the students of the past. While its influence spread across Europe, it was most eagerly studied in England, where it led in 1757 to Piranesi's election as an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries

A good lifetime impression. Rich impressions on strong Roman laid paper