Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Title page to vol. IV, containing bridges, remains of theatres and arcades ... (Tomo quarto contenente i ponti antichi, gli avanzi de'teatri, de'portici ...)

Title page to vol. IV, containing bridges, remains of theatres and arcades ... (Tomo quarto contenente i ponti antichi, gli avanzi de'teatri, de'portici ...) by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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In the introduction to Antichità romane, a publication that disseminated his ideas the length and breadth of Europe, Piranesi described his developing passion for antiquity:

"When I first saw the remains of the ancient buildings of Rome lying as they do in cultivated fields or gardens, and wasting away under the ravages of time, or being destroyed by greedy owners who sell them as materials for modern buildings, I determined to preserve them for ever by means of my engravings." (exhibition label, 2004)

Title
Title page to vol. IV, containing bridges, remains of theatres and arcades ... (Tomo quarto contenente i ponti antichi, gli avanzi de'teatri, de'portici ...)
Artist/creator
Production date
1765
Medium
etching
Dimensions
400 x 253 mm
Inscription
Piranesi Arch Inv E. Scolp (below image l.l.)
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/32
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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