Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

[Antique print, etching, Piranesi] Modo, col quale furono alzati i grossi Travertini, e gli altri Marmi… (construction of tomb of Metella, now Capo di Bove ), published 1756-1784, 1 p.

Plate LIII 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. Two plates, one with illustration and title, the bottom plate with explanatory text.

Titled below: ‘Modo, col quale furono alzati i grossi Travertini, e gli altri Marmi….’

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

The tools with which the tomb of Cecilia Metella was assembled, and an illustration of the process.

Translated title: Means by which the large blocks of travertine and marble were lifted during the construction of the large tomb of Caecilia Metella, commonly called Capo di Bove [Ox Head] / Materiaal voor tombe van Caecilia Martella, in de buurt van de archeologische site villa capo di bove, langs de via Appia. De tombe van Caecilia Metalla heeft versieringen in de vorm van ossenkoppen.

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; top plate mark: 373 x 512 mm, bottom plate: 79 x 516 mm; total 555 x 796 mm; somewhat frayed end margins, traces of damp stain on the left margin, otherwise in great condition. Visible watermark.

Incl. BTW  254,10

Excl. BTW  210,00

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