Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

[Antique print, etching, Piranesi] Veduta di un gran Masso, Avanzo del Sepolcro della Famiglia de’ Metelli sulla Via Appia…(remains of the Tomb of the Metelli on the Appian Way), published 1756-1784, 1 p.

Plate XV 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 the illustration and description.

Titled below: ‘Veduta di un gran Masso, Avanzo del Sepolcro della Famiglia de’ Metelli sulla Via Appia…’

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

“The tomb, at the time attributed to the Metelli family, aroused astonishment for the fact that, despite having been stripped of the marbles that covered it – including those that formed part of the base – it was supported on a very narrow central base for the amount of weight it had to support.[…]” (Giovanna Scaloni, ICG, Rome)

Translated title: View of a large structure, remains of the Tomb of the Metelli on the Appian Way about five miles from Porta S. Sebastiano, in the village of S. Maria Nuova / gezicht op een grote ruine, overblijfselen van het graf van de Metelli op de Via Appia, ongeveer vijf mijl van Porta. S. Sebastiono in het dorp S. Maria Nuova.

The tomb of Caecilia Metella is a mausoleum located just outside Rome at the three mile marker of the Via Appia.

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; plate mark: 433 x 468 mm; total 555x 798 mm; some tiny holes within plate, somewhat frayed end margins, otherwise in great condition.

Incl. BTW  326,70

Excl. BTW  270,00

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