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18th C. Piranesi Etching, Temple of the Sibyl at Tivoli

$995.00
Francesco Piranesi (Italian, Rome 1756-1810 Paris) after Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome). Altra Veduta Del Tempio Della Sibilla in Tivoli. (Another view of the Temple of the Sibyl at Tivoli) - the broken side of the Colonnade. Engraving from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome). Originally issued in 1749-50. Reissued in 1761. Continued by Giovanni Battista Piranesi's son Francesco in Paris, France later in the 18th century where he lived during the Revolution. A passionate admirer of Classical architecture, Giovanni Piranesi actually considered himself an architect. Indeed his drawings and etchings demonstrate his dramatic penchant for manipulating perspective and architectural elements - resulting in creative imaginings of ancient buildings, prisons, and ruins. Such fantastical compositions made sense coming from the man who once declared, "I need to produce great ideas, and I believe that if I were commissioned to design a new universe, I would be mad enough to undertake it." Size: 18.25" L x 26.25" W (46.4 cm x 66.7 cm)

Francesco Piranesi was also an Italian engraver, etcher, and architect and continued his father's series of engravings of ancient temples and monuments in France, where he resided for a long time during the French Revolution. Born in Venice on the 4th October 1720, the son of a stonemason and master builder, Giovanni Battista Piranesi would become a pioneer of the Neoclassical movement in the late 18th century as a master printmaker and antiquarian. Piranesi trained as an architect under his uncle Matto Lucchesi and Carlo Zucchi, and in 1740, left Venice for Rome where he studied etching with Giuseppe Vasi. While he had limited success winning architectural commissions, his training and passion for classical architecture served him well. Engravings and etchings provided Piranesi with a healthy livelihood, allowing him to turn one of his favorite pastimes, drawing Roman architecture, into a lucrative source of income. By 1747, Piranesi had begun the work for which he is best known, the Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome) and created plates for the series until his death in 1778. He created thousands of works that recorded the Roman monuments as well as those of the Renaissance which were impressive for not only their documentary value but also their immense artistry.

Condition: Normal age wear. Professionally repaired and backed.

Provenance: private East Coast, USA collection

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