Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

[Antique print, etching, Piranesi] Spaccato del Mausoleo di Ottaviano Augusto…(section of the Mausoleum of Augustus), published 1756-1784, 1 p.

Plate LXII 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. One plate with the illustration and description.

Titled below: ‘Spaccato del Mausoleo di Ottaviano Augusto…

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

“The compositional conception of this plate, depicting the south-north section of the Mausoleum of Augustus together with some construction details of the wall structure, shows how for Piranesi the scientific interest is never separated from the attention for a refined editorial layout. The subjects illustrated are clearly separated here through the adoption of the usual illusionistic stratagem of the cartouche, in order to combine the overall view with that of the details, as well as making the image as a whole more captivating..[…]” (Ciro Salinitro, ICG, Rome)

Translated title: A. Section of the Mausoleum of Augustus… / Stuk van het mausoleum van Keizer Augustus.

Etching with some interventions in burin on hand laid paper, with broad margins; plate mark: 399 x 527 mm; total 555 x 784 mm; some tiny holes within plate, somewhat frayed end margins, otherwise in great condition.

Incl. BTW  254,10

Excl. BTW  210,00

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