Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Arco di Druso alla Porta di Sebastiano in Roma (Arch of Drusus at the Porta S. Sebastiano in Rome)

Arco di Druso alla Porta di Sebastiano in Roma (Arch of Drusus at the Porta S. Sebastiano in Rome) by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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The small views that Piranesi made of Rome were initially commissioned by Fausto Amidei, a Roman bookseller in the Corso, as illustrations to guide books. Apparently clients could choose from the plates which images they wanted bound into their books. The quality varied, some works being rushed round to Amidei so that the artist could get the money to buy a meal. Piranesi re-issued the smaller scale prints in 1765.

Title
Arco di Druso alla Porta di Sebastiano in Roma (Arch of Drusus at the Porta S. Sebastiano in Rome)
Artist/creator
Production date
1765
Medium
etching
Dimensions
420 x 540 mm
Inscription
Piranesi F. (within image l.l.)
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/23
Other ID
055 Auburn Catalogue
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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