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Gianbattista Piranesi
Mozano di Mestre, Venice 1720 – 1778 Rome

Veduta della Facciata della Basilica di S. Croce in Gerusalemme

Gianbattista Piranesi, Mozano di Mestre, Venice 1720 – 1778 Rome. Veduta della Facciata della Basilica di S. Croce in Gerusalemme. Original etching, c1750.

Veduta della Facciata della Basilica di S. Croce in Gerusalemme
The Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem
Hind 11 ii/iv
401 x 615 mm
Original etching, c1750.
Second state of six, with Piranesi’s address (Palazzo Tomati) and price.
(The first state had the ‘address’ of Bouchard e Gravier.)
Before the changes to the wall at the right edge.
On thick laid paper watermarked with a lily in a double circle and letter B over (Hind watermark 3) typical of works printed and published by Piranesi himself from 1761.
Slight time-staining and foxing.

£1000

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The Vedute di Roma
The 135 large double folio sized plates of the Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome), which had immediate and continuing success, were etched by Piranesi from the later 1740’s until the end of his life. The plates produced up to 1760 were first published by Bouchard e Gravier; those post 1760 were published in his lifetime by Piranesi himself, from the Palazzo Tomati.

Piranesi very rarely dated his etchings. Up to 1764/65 he signed the plates Piranesi fecit. From 1766, after he was knighted by the Pope, Clement XIII, he signed Cavaliere Piranesi.

Gianbattista Piranesi, Mozano di Mestre, Venice 1720 – 1778 Rome. Veduta della Facciata della Basilica di S. Croce in Gerusalemme. Original etching, c1750.

The Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem was one of Rome’s Seven Pilgrim Churches. Within a few years of 324 AD the mother of Constantine had built a small chapel to house the relics of the Holy Cross she had found on Mount Calvary. Over the centuries this chapel was modified and much enlarged. In the 18th century it was refashioned to its current Baroque design.

Prints from The Vedute di Roma in this exhibition are: