Plate LV from the II out of four volumes collection Le Antichità Romane collecting plates by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, firstly published by Angelo Rotili in Rome between 1756 and 1757. The second edition appeared in 1784. Original wide margins, no traces of binding or folding. Two plates, one with the illustration and title, the second below with the description.
Titled below: ‘Pianta e Frammenti della Camera sepolcrale esistente nella Vigna Casali a Porta S. Sebastiano.’
Signed on the bottom: ‘Piranesi Architetto dis. ed inc.‘
“In the vineyard of the Marquis Casali, which was accessed through a gate that opened onto Via di Porta San Sebastiano, numerous antique objects were discovered as early as the 17th century, as was the case in the entire surrounding archaeological area. At the beginning of the eighteenth century a large number of tombs from the Roman era were excavated in the vineyard: Pier Leone Ghezzi seems to refer to sepulchral monuments discovered in the year 1726 in those lands (Santolini Giordani 1989, p. 63) in his tables with the prospect of a columbarium, architectural details and plan of this (Ghezzi 1731, plates XXXV, XXXVIII; 1426/33 and 1426/36). The excavation campaigns in the Casali vineyard, made known by the antiquarian Ficoroni who was an active protagonist, then resumed around 1730 (see Ficoroni 1732, pp. 47 et seq.) and lasted for some years; in 1746 that “magnificent room” was discovered with large niches decorated with grotesques and stuccoes, immediately demolished, which Piranesi documented in the Antichità in the number of objects arranged on shelves already observed for the fragments and inscriptions of the major sepulchral chamber of the Arrunzi […]” (Giovanna Scaloni, ICG, Rome)
Translated title: Plan and fragments from the tomb chambers in the Casali vineyards at Porta San Sebastiano / Plattegrond en fragmenten van de grafkamers in de Casali – wijngaarden bij Porta San Sebastiano.
Etching with some interventions in burin on hand laid paper, with broad margins; plate with illustration: 375 x 502 mm; text plate: 43 x 505 mm; total 555 x 800 mm; some tiny holes within plate, a damp stain on the bottom right corner, somewhat frayed end margins, otherwise in great condition.
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