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Gianbattista Piranesi
Mozano di Mestre, Venice 1720 Ė 1778 Rome

Frontispiece to
Lapides Capitolini Ė The Dedication to Pope Clement XIII

Gianbattista Piranesi, Mozano di Mestre, Venice 1720 – 1778 Rome. Frontispiece to Lapides Capitolini – The Dedication to Pope Clement XIII. Original etching, 1762.

Frontispiece to
Lapides Capitolini Ė The Dedication to Pope Clement XIII

G. B. Piranesiís Capitoline Inscriptions or Consular and Triumphal Lists from the Founding of the City to the reign of the Emperor Tiberius Caesar
Wilton-Ely 554
505 x 355 mm
Original etching, 1762.
The plate signed.
Trimmed to a thread margin at the left edge.
Edge mounted.

£400

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The Lapides Capitolini
Lapides Capitolini, published 1762, is essentially one very large folding plate with explanatory text. It illustrates inscriptions found in the Roman Forum listing all the Consuls, Triumphs and the major Games.

In the 16th century these had been mounted on a wall in the Palazzo dei Conservatori, on the Capitoline Hill, in a sculpted frame designed by Michelangelo.

The text was illustrated with three vignettes and prefaced by the title page and a frontispiece dedication.

Gianbattista Piranesi, Mozano di Mestre, Venice 1720 – 1778 Rome. Frontispiece to Lapides Capitolini – The Dedication to Pope Clement XIII. Original etching, 1762.

A fellow Venetian, a member of the Rezzonico family, Pope Clement XIII, whose papacy spanned the 1760ís (1758-69), was Piranesiís major patron during the decade. He commissioned the rebuilding of the church of S. Maria del Priorato in Rome, Piranesiís only actual work as an architect, as well as supporting his archaeological treatises, such as Lapides Capitolini, all of which were published in the 1760ís with Clement XIIIís patronage.

Prints from Lapides Capitolini in this exhibition are: