Tom III Pl. XV. Veduta di un gran Masso , Avanzo del Sepolcro della Famiglia de’ Metelli sulla Via Appia..

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PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.

Pl. XV. Veduta di un gran Masso , Avanzo del Sepolcro della Famiglia de’ Metelli sulla Via Appia cinque miglia in circa fuori di Porta S. Sebastiano nel Casale di S. Maria Nuova…

First Paris Edition, published by F. Piranesi, Paris 1800 -1807

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440 x 475 mm

£950

Le Antichita Romane

First Paris Edition, published by F. Piranesi, Paris 1800 – 1807

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