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Tuesday, 3 December 2019

Giovanni Battista Piranesi's etching, “Veduta dell'avanzo del Peristilo della Casa Neroniana”, 1756


Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778)
“Veduta dell'avanzo del Peristilo della Casa Neroniana” (View of the remains of the peristyle of the House of Nero), 1756, from the series of 250 plates (see Wilton-Ely [1994] vol. 1, p. 327), “Le Antichità Romane” (Roman Antiquities), Plate XXXVI, figure I of the first volume.
Etching on heavy laid paper (watermark of letters) with margins and backed with a support sheet.
Size: (sheet) 22.9 x 32.5 cm; (plate) 13.8 x 20.3 cm; (image borderline) 12.8 x 20 cm.
Inscribed on plate within the image borderline: (upper left corner) “Tav XXXVI”; (upper right corner) “Fig. I”.
Lettered on plate below the image borderline: (centre) “VEDUTA DELL'AVANZO DEL PERISTILO DELLA CASA NERONIANA”; (lower right corner) “Piranesi Archit. dis. inc.”
Wilton-Ely 1994 348 (John Wilton-Ely 1994, “Giovanni Battista Piranesi, The Complete Etchings”, vol. 1, San Francisco, AlanWofsy, p. 398); Focillon 1967 213 (Henri Focillon 1918, “Giovanni Battista Piranesi: Essai de catalogue raisonné de son Ouvre”, Bologna, p. 303, cat. no. 213); Ficacci 2000 209 (Luigi Ficacci 2000, “Giovanni Battista Piranesi: The Complete Etchings”, Cologne, Taschen, vol. 1, p. 196, cat. no. 204).
The British Museum offers a description of this print:
See also a fine discussion about this print and a biography of Piranesi at Alexandre Antique Prints, Maps & Books (Abebooks):
Condition: Superb and strong impression in near pristine condition (i.e. there are no tears, holes, folds, abrasions, stains, foxing or signs of handling) laid upon an archival support sheet of millennium quality washi paper.
I am selling this small—compared to many of Piranesi’s huge prints—but absolutely magnificent etching by the great master, Piranesi, with all the hallmarks of his technical skill and grand vision for a total cost of AU$604 (currently US$412.12/EUR372.04/GBP317.24 at the time of this listing) including postage and handling to anywhere in the world.
If you are interested in purchasing this magnificently rich Piranesi etching in virtually flawless condition, please contact me (oz_jim@printsandprinciples.com) and I will send you a PayPal invoice to make the payment easy.











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