Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

[Antique print, etching, Piranesi] Veduta della Piramide di Cajo Cestio, situata sopra l’antica Via Ostiense, oggi detta di S.Paolo. (Piramide van Cestius in Rome), published 1756-1784, 1 p.

Plate XL 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 title.

Titled below: ‘Veduta della Piramide di Cajo Cestio, situata sopra l’antica Via Ostiense, oggi detta di S.Paolo.’

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

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: 397 x 596 mm; total 555 x 797 mm; somewhat frayed end margins, otherwise in great condition. Visible watermark.

Incl. BTW  326,70

Excl. BTW  270,00

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