Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

[Two antique prints, etchings, Piranesi] Iscrizione del Mausoleo di Cajo Cestio. (Mausoleum Cestius van de piramide van Cestius in Rome), published 1756-1784, 2 pp.

Plates XLI 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 illustration from two plates with inscription below.

Titled below: ‘Iscrizione del Mausoleo di Cajo Cestio […].’

Signed on the bottom left of the smaller plate: ‘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; smaller plate mark: 398 x 268 mm; total 562 x 430 mm; somewhat frayed end margins, damp stain on the bottom margin; plate mark larger plate: 392 x 593; total: 552 x 795; frayed external margins, traces of a damp stain on the top left margin, otherwise in great condition. Visible watermark on the wider plate.

Incl. BTW  296,45

Excl. BTW  245,00

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