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.
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- 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
- Signature None
- Marks None
- Inscription Recto, in plate, upper center, printed: 1 In plate, center right, printed: 2 In plate, upper right, printed: 3 In plate, lower left, printed: 4 In plate, center left, printed: 5 In plate, center right: 5 In plate, bottom left, printed: Veduta della Piazza di Monte Cavallo / 1 Palazzo Pontificio. 2 Strada che conduce a Porta Pia / 3 Palazzo della Consulta. 4 Statue Colossali di / Prasitele, e Fidia. 5 Palazzi della Famiglia Pontificia In plate, below image left, printed: Cavalier Piranesi del. e inc. Verso, top left corner, in pencil: Dc
- Provenance Italy; gift to Secretary of State, Henry A. Kissinger; General Services Administration; gift to the Birmingham Museum of Art, 1976