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Vases by Pirenesi

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A pair of large and impressive engravings from Pirenesi's Vasi, Candleabri, Cippi etc., etc., published in Rome 1778. 

plate:16.75 in x 26.75 in 

Within handmade ebonized moulding frames with a narrow gilt sight.

o.s:25 5/8 in x 35 1/2 in

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) is one of the greatest eighteenth century Italian printmakers and one of the leading figures in the development of the neoclassical style. Settling in Rome as a young man he produced a vast number of etchings illustrating Roman architecture and antiquities.

One of Piranesi’s important offices held from the mid-1750’s was in connection with the new Portici Museum, adjoining the Palazzo Reale, the residence of King Charles II of Naples. Here Piranesi was closely involved in recording and drawing the new Roman archaeological finds from Herculaneum. As at least a third of the monuments Piranesi engraved are now lost or destroyed, his engravings remain the best resource for what had survived in Rome to his day.


Item Code: 4964

£ 1950

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