Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

[Antique print, etching, Piranesi] Spaccato della Piramide di Cajo Cestio presso la Porta di S. Paolo. (Piramide van Cestius in Rome), published 1756-1784, 1 p.

Plate XLIV 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 title, second plate with explanatory text below.

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

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

The plate reproduces the interiors of the pyramid of Cajo Cestio.

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; top plate mark: 321 x 231 mm; bottom plate mark: 91 x 232 mm, total 562 x 432 mm; somewhat frayed end margins, otherwise in great condition.

Incl. BTW  296,45

Excl. BTW  245,00

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