Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Dimostrazione in grande del capitello di una delle colonne del Tempio di Giunonedentro i portici d'Ottavia. (Reconstruction of details of the capital of a column of the Temple of Juno within the Portico of Octavia.)

Dimostrazione in grande del capitello di una delle colonne del Tempio di Giunonedentro i portici d'Ottavia.  (Reconstruction of details of the capital of a column of the Temple of Juno within the Portico of Octavia.) by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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In carefully articulating every aspect of remaining ruins, Piranesi set out to illustrate the precepts of Vitruvius on the 'division, durability, grandeur and beauty' of the buildings of ancient Rome. According to Jonathon Scott (Piranesi, Academy Editions, 1975), he blithely trespassed in gardens and vineyards to pry out tumbled and unrecognised ruins, quizzing local farmers to find out the exact location of recent finds, and even undertook certain excavations himself.

Title
Dimostrazione in grande del capitello di una delle colonne del Tempio di Giunonedentro i portici d'Ottavia. (Reconstruction of details of the capital of a column of the Temple of Juno within the Portico of Octavia.)
Artist/creator
Production date
1756
Medium
etching
Dimensions
395 x 250 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
M1982/1/4/67
Other ID
061 Auburn Catalogue
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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