Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Veduta interna della Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore (Interior view of the basilica of S. Maria Maggiore)

Veduta interna della Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore  (Interior view of the basilica of S. Maria Maggiore) by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Piranesi exaggerates the interior of the Basilica with his use of perspective, suggesting the effects of recession by using finer lines to depict objects in the distance. He experimented with lines of varying thickness, breaking and undulating them to create a tangible sense of different building materials, while also indicating the natural light falling from the clerestory window and the aisles. Piranesi's largest prints are similar in scale to the maps and views printed by his first master in Rome, the Sicilian engraver Guiseppe Vasi, who was famous for producing a birds' eye view of the city.

Title
Veduta interna della Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore (Interior view of the basilica of S. Maria Maggiore)
Artist/creator
Production date
1749
Medium
etching
Dimensions
430 x 680 mm
Inscription
Caval Piranesi inc (within image c.l.)
Credit line
Mackelvie Trust Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, bequest of Dr Walter Auburn, 1982
Accession no
M1982/1/4/88
Other ID
022 Auburn Catalogue
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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