View of the Facade of the Basilica of San Giovanni Laterano - SOLD

View of the Facade of the Basilica of San Giovanni Laterano is an original etching realized by the italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi in 1775.

Very precoius and rare specimen. I state of IV.

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View of the Facade of the Basilica of San Giovanni Laterano is an original etching realized by the italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi in 1775.

Very precoius and rare specimen. I state of IV

Complete title on the lower margin of plate: Veduta della Facciata della Basilica di S. Giovanni Laterano

Reference:

Cat. Ficacci Ed. Taschen n.993

Cat.Focillon 724

Cat Hind 122

The state of preservation of the artwork is good except for very little tears along the margins and a yellowing of paper.

The print is characterized by soft and delicate strokes that define the composition in a balance and harmony

Giovanni Battista Piranesi is well-known as an architect, an archaeologist and, undoubtedly as the most important engraver of the 18th century: the leading artist in this field in the period going from Rembrandt to Goya.

Generations after him would continue to imagine Ancient Rome as he portrayed it in his magnificent “Vedute”. In the last period, Piranesi’s activities, above all as an editor, were characterised by a more commercial flavour. By this time he was already very famous, and created the series of decorative plates of antiquities, collected in his work “Vasi, candelabri, cippi, sarcofagi, tripodi, lucerne, ed ornamenti antichi disegnati ed incisi dal cav. Gio. Batt. Piranesi pubblicati l’anno MDCCLXXIIX”, 1778, (Vases, candelabras, grave,stones, sarcophagi, tripods, lamps, and ornaments designed and etched by Cav. Gio.Batt. Piranesi, published in the year 1778), printed and integrated by his son Francesco.

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Artist Giovan Battista Piranesi
Typology Original Prints
Technique Etching
Year 1775
Image Dimensions (cm) 49 x 71.5
Dimensions (cm) 53 x 75
Country of Manufacture Italy
Country of Manufacture Italy
Subject Architecture, Cities, History, Landscapes, Monuments

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