Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Veduta di una parte de' fondamenti del Teatro di Marcello (View showing a part of the foundations of the Theatre of Marcellus)

Veduta di una parte de' fondamenti del Teatro di Marcello (View showing a part of the foundations of the Theatre of Marcellus) by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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This etching shows the cyclopean foundations of the Theatre of Marcellus, built by Emperor Augustus in 13 BC. Largely built over during Middle Ages but sufficiently well known amongst Renaissance artists, as well as Piranesi, it was the most important and influential edifice of its kind. Its revetments and interlocking masonry set upon a forest of piles are reminiscent of the stone marine defences erected against the forces of the Adriatic Sea, with which Piranesi was familiar from his time as an apprentice in Venice.

Title
Veduta di una parte de' fondamenti del Teatro di Marcello (View showing a part of the foundations of the Theatre of Marcellus)
Artist/creator
Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Dimensions
645 x 397 mm
Inscription
Piranesi Archit. Dis Et. Scul (below image l.r.)
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/56
Other ID
006 Auburn Catalogue
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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