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Veduta della Piazza di Monte Cavallo, from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi


Piranesi’s profound admiration for ancient Rome led to his Vedute di Roma series, which comprises 135 views of Roman ruins and modern buildings produced over thirty years, from about 1748 until his death in 1778. They were printed and sold as individual sheets or in collections; the prints were dispersed throughout the continent by travelers on the Grand Tour. These souvenirs conveyed the grandeur of Rome through the artist’s unique rendering of each topographical site, as well as through the sheer size of the prints.

  • Titles The Piazza del Quirinale, with the Statues of the Horse Tamers in Side View (Alternate)
  • Artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italy, 1720 - 1778
  • Medium etching with engraving
  • Dimensions sheet: 20 7/16 x 30 1/4 in. (51.9 x 76.9 cm) plate: 18 11/16 × 27 15/16 in. (47.5 × 71 cm) image: 18 1/2 × 27 11/16 in. (47 × 70.3 cm) mat: 30 × 40 in. (76.2 × 101.6 cm)
  • Credit Line Gift of General Services Administration of the United States of America, 1976.26
  • Work Type print
  • Classification Prints