Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Castel Sant'Angelo

Castel Sant'Angelo by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Piranesi exaggerates scale and detail to heighten the sense of drama within the scene. Originally the Mausoleum of Hadrian, Castel Sant' Angelo became a place of refuge for Pope Clement VII during the Sack of Rome in 1527. A marble statue of an angel was first erected on the roof in 590 AD. It celebrated the moment when, during a procession to stop the plague, Pope Gregory saw the Archangel Michael sheathing his sword. This was replaced with a bronze sculpture of the Archangel in 1752.

Title
Castel Sant'Angelo
Artist/creator
Production date
1754
Medium
etching
Dimensions
432 x 559 mm
Inscription
Piranesi Archit.dif.et inc.
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1962
Accession no
1962/10/1
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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