Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

[Antique print, etching, Piranesi] Modo, col quale furono alzate le grandi Pietre….(lifting instruments tomb of Caecilia Metella), published 1756-1784, 1 p.

Plate LIV from the III 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. Single plate with illustration and explanatory text.

Titled below: Modo, col quale furono alzate le grandi Pietre….’ Dopo di aver’ espoto nella tav. passata il modo, con cui sono state alzate le grandi pietre nel costruire il magnifico sepolcro di Cecilia Metella e c; feci riflessione sopra lo stromento detto ulivella, trovato da Brunelesco, et usato oggigiorno, il quale comunem.te credesi, che sia quello, che ci viene accennato da Vitr.o sotto il nome di forfice, o tanaglia.

Signed on the bottom right: ‘Piranesi Archit. dis. ed inc.‘.

The elevation tools with which the tomb of Cecilia Metella was assembled.

Translated title: After having shown in the previous plate the means by which the large blocks are lifted in the construction of the magnificent tomb of Caecilia Metella, etc., I speculated about the lifting instrument called the ulivella, rediscovered by Brunelleschi… the forsice of Vitruvius…

About mausoleum of Caecilia Metella, wife of the Triumvir Marcus Crassus, situated in the ancient Appian Way, not far from the Church of S. Sebastiano fuori delle Mura [St. Sebastian outside the Walls…].

Etching with some interventions in burin on hand laid paper, with broad margins; plate mark: 391 x 591 mm; total 549 x 803 mm; somewhat frayed end margins, traces of damp stains on the top and top left margins, otherwise in great condition. Visible watermark.

Incl. BTW  254,10

Excl. BTW  210,00

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