Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Vestiggi d'antichi Edifici fra i quali evvi l'Urna Sepolcrale tutta d'un pezzo di porfido di Marco Agrippa che oggi serve per il Sepolcro di Clemente XII (Remains of ancient buiildings among which stands the sepulchral urn of Marcus Agrippa made entirely of porphyry which serves today as the Tomb of Clement XII)

Vestiggi d'antichi Edifici fra i quali evvi l'Urna Sepolcrale tutta d'un pezzo di porfido di Marco Agrippa che oggi serve per il Sepolcro di Clemente XII (Remains of ancient buiildings among which stands the sepulchral urn of Marcus Agrippa made entirely of porphyry which serves today as the Tomb of Clement XII) by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Much of the Prima parte di architetture e prospettive depicted new buildings rather than the crumbled glories of Rome's ancient architecture. This reflected Piranesi's need to earn money, but was also in keeping with his academic training which had focused on Barbaro's Vitruvius (1556). Gradually, however, his desire to resurrect the history of the city's ancient architecture overtook this more didactic approach to recording buildings. At the same time, he experimented with his etchers' burin to create softer, more painterly effects. This created contrasts of line and tone through repeated bitings, achieving a virtuosity unparalleled in his time.

Title
Vestiggi d'antichi Edifici fra i quali evvi l'Urna Sepolcrale tutta d'un pezzo di porfido di Marco Agrippa che oggi serve per il Sepolcro di Clemente XII (Remains of ancient buiildings among which stands the sepulchral urn of Marcus Agrippa made entirely of porphyry which serves today as the Tomb of Clement XII)
Artist/creator
Production date
1743
Medium
etching
Dimensions
382 x 232 mm
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/3
Other ID
018 Auburn Catalogue
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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