Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Arco di Settimio Severo. Nel mezzo di questo passava l'antica Via Sacra che portava i Trionf. in Campid. (Arch of Septimius Severus through which passed the ancient Sacred Way, bringing victors to the Capitol).

Arco di Settimio Severo. Nel mezzo di questo passava l'antica Via Sacra che portava i Trionf. in Campid.  (Arch of Septimius Severus through which passed the ancient Sacred Way, bringing victors to the Capitol). by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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This etching shows the Arch of Septimius Severus as part of a broader setting. The Church of SS. Martino and Luca, belonging to the Accademia of San Luca, is to the right, so that the ruins of Rome are dominated by the architectural splendours of Christianity.

The Accademia was given its first set of antique casts in 1598 and became a leading institution for studying the antique. This method of teaching became established throughout the west, and even Auckland continued the practice until the 1970s.

Title
Arco di Settimio Severo. Nel mezzo di questo passava l'antica Via Sacra che portava i Trionf. in Campid. (Arch of Septimius Severus through which passed the ancient Sacred Way, bringing victors to the Capitol).
Artist/creator
Production date
1772
Medium
etching
Dimensions
381 x 584 mm
Inscription
Piranesi Architetto fec.. Arco di Settimio Severo .....
Credit line
Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, purchased 1962
Accession no
1962/10/2
Copyright
No known copyright restrictions
Department
International Art
Display status
Not on display

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