Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Varie capitelli e frammenti di colonne (Various capitals and fragments of columns)

Varie capitelli e frammenti di colonne (Various capitals and fragments of columns) by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Piranesi produced these early etchings as the trophies of Octavian Augustus, not Marius, Domitian or Trajan as had been previously believed. Found embedded in the system of Roman acqueducts, the fragments were moved to the balustrade of the Capitol. Although Piranesi's thesis has since been disproved, the etchings influenced architects such as Robert Adam who reproduced details in the gilded stucco panels for Syon House, London. The artist records unusual aspects absent in the writings of Vetruvius, along with notes as to their specific location in Rome.

Title
Varie capitelli e frammenti di colonne (Various capitals and fragments of columns)
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1753
Medium
etching
Dimensions
444 x 247 mm
Inscription
Piranesi Architetto dis. ed inc
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki
Accession no
U/313
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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