Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

[Antique print, etching, Piranesi] Pianta della Piramide di Cajo Cestio presso la Porta di S. Paolo (plan of pyramid of Cestius)., published 1756-1784, 1 p.

Plate XLIII 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. One plate with illustration and explanatory text below.

Titled below: ‘Pianta della Piramide di Cajo Cestio presso la Porta di S. Paolo.’

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

The plate reproduces the plan of the pyramid of Cajo Cestio. With scala di Palmi. On the top ‘Levante’, right ‘Mezzodi’, left ’tramontana’and bottom ‘Ponente’.

Translated title: Plan of the pyramid of Gaius Cestius near the Porta S. Paolo / Plattegrond van de piramide van Cestius in de buurt bij de Porta S. Paolo.

De Piramide van Cestius is een antieke piramide in Rome. De piramide staat aan de Via Ostiensis vlak bij de Porta San Paolo, aan de rand van Rome. De piramide werd in de Middeleeuwen “Meta Remi” genoemd. Ondanks de grote inscriptie met de naam Gaius Cestius dachten de Romeinen destijds dat dit de graftombe was van Remus, de tweelingbroer van de stichter van de stad Rome, Romulus. Waarschijnlijk was de piramide destijds zo overwoekerd met planten dat de inscriptie onleesbaar was.


Etching with some interventions in burin on hand laid paper, with broad margins; plate mark: 340 x 216 mm; total 562 x 425 mm; somewhat frayed end margins, otherwise in great condition. Visible watermark.

Incl. BTW  193,60

Excl. BTW  160,00

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