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The temple of Bacchus looms on the hilltop in Piranesi's engraving. He uses artistic license to incorporate desired items in his work as, in fact, the temple could not be seen from the Valley of the Grotto of Egeria. Like many of his etchings this work has a distinctly theatrical feel, no doubt influenced by his early association with professional stage set designers such as Filippo Juvarra, whose work he adapted on several occasions. Piranesi made drawings of Juvarra's settings for Amadei's opera Teodosio il Giovane (produced in Rome in 1711), several of which are now in the British Museum.
- Veduta della fonte e delle spelonche d'Egeria fuor della Porta Capena or di S. Sebastiano. (The fountain and grotto of Egeria outside the Porta Capena).
- Production date
- 405 x 690 mm
- Credit line
- Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
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- Other ID
- 012 Auburn Catalogue
- No known copyright restrictions
- International Art
- Display status
- Not on display
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