Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Campidoglio antico a cui si ascendeva per circa cento gradini ... (The ancient Capitol ascended by approximately one hundred steps ...)

Campidoglio antico a cui si ascendeva per circa cento gradini ...  (The ancient Capitol ascended by approximately one hundred steps ...) by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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It was at Rome, on October 15th, 1764, as I sat musing amidst the ruins of the Capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the Temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind.

(Edward Gibbon, Autobiography, 1796)

Piranesi imagines the Capitol in its heyday. A great flight of steps leads up the hill, dotted with columns, trophies and other spoils of ancient military triumphs, in amongst lines of statues of senators.

Title
Campidoglio antico a cui si ascendeva per circa cento gradini ... (The ancient Capitol ascended by approximately one hundred steps ...)
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1743
Medium
etching
Dimensions
267 x 357 mm
Inscription
Gio Batta Piranesi Archie Veneto Inv Ed Inc In Roma (within image l.l.)
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/7
Other ID
016 Auburn Catalogue
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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