Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Veduta di Piazza Navona sopra le rovine del Circo Agonale (View of Piazza Navona above the ruins of the Circus Agonalis [Circus of Domitian])

Veduta di Piazza Navona sopra le rovine del Circo Agonale  (View of Piazza Navona above the ruins of the Circus Agonalis [Circus of Domitian]) by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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This print is remarkable for the deep, velvety qualities of its black tones, which the artist has achieved without the loss of any detail. Piranesi made two etchings from either end of Piazza Navona in Rome, and his use of aerial perspective, where the buildings at the far end are so pale as to almost disappear, gives a vast, fantastical scale to this scene. His prints were hugely popular with travellers, as they allowed a demonstration of the wonders of Rome for those who could not afford the luxury of the Grand Tour. (A Connoisseur's Eye: Prints from the Tomory Collection, 2005)

Title
Veduta di Piazza Navona sopra le rovine del Circo Agonale (View of Piazza Navona above the ruins of the Circus Agonalis [Circus of Domitian])
Artist/creator
Production date
circa 1750
Medium
etching
Dimensions
489 x 710 mm
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, Peter Tomory Collection, purchased 2004
Accession no
2004/30/86
Copyright
Copyright Expired
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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