XLII. A. Uno delli due Dadi fatti a guisa di Piedestallo in tutto simili , I quali esistono nel Museo Capitolino ,

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PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista.

XLII. A. Uno delli due Dadi fatti a guisa di Piedestallo in tutto simili , I quali esistono nel Museo Capitolino , trovati in tempo di Alessandro VII nello scavo , che si fece allora dintorno alla Piramide…

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

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570 x 400 mm.

£500

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