Giovanni Battista Piranesi Sepolcro di Cecilia Metella... (Tomb of Caecilia Metella...)

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Artwork Overview

The tomb of Cecilia Metella on the Appian Way has had a chequered history. Called the Capo di Bove (Head of a Beast) because of the frieze of ox skulls beneath the battlements, the building changed form in the Middle Ages when the Caetani family transformed it into a fortress. Piranesi continued working on his Views of Rome throughout his lifetime. His later plates pushed his techniques of etching and composition to remarkable heights, while his recording of the ancient relics of the city have been described as a profound metaphor for the transience of human achievements.

Artist:
Giovanni Battista Piranesi 
Title:
Sepolcro di Cecilia Metella... (Tomb of Caecilia Metella...) 
Production Date:
1762 
Medium:
etching 
Size (hxw):
448 x 634 mm 
Inscription:
Piranesi F (below image l.r.) 
Credit Line:
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982 
Accession No:
M1982/1/4/86 
Other ID:
033 
Copyright:
No known copyright restrictions 
Department:
International Art 

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