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Gianbattista Piranesi
Mozano di Mestre, Venice 1720 Ė 1778 Rome

Elevation, Sections and Details of Inlet Structure

Gianbattista Piranesi, Mozano di Mestre, Venice 1720 – 1778 Rome. Elevation, Sections and Details of Inlet Structure. Original etching, 1762.

Elevation, Sections and Details of Inlet Structure
Pl. IV of Dimonstrazioni dellíEmissario del Lago Albano
Wilton-Ely 619
412 x 627 mm
Original etching, 1762.
The plate signed.

£180

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The Descrizione e disegno dellí Emissario del Lago Albano
Published in 1762, the Descrizione e disegno dellí Emissario del Lago Albano, describing the drainage outlet of Lake Albano, was based on Piranesiís own on-site researches and excavation.

Built in 398 BC, over two centuries before Rome conquered Greece, for Piranesi this major engineering achievement vindicated his passionate support of Ancient Roman originality in the then current Graeco-Roman controversy.

Livy records that while besieging the Etruscan city of Veii, an oracle ordered that the nearby lake had to be lowered to assure a Roman victory. In response, within a year, they had dug a tunnel five feet high by three wide, 4593 feet in length, still in use in Piranesiís day.

Piranesi made a series of ten plates illustrating plans, cross-sections, reconstructed elevations and views of the inlet and outlet structures, combining technical drawings with emotive vedute.

The volcanic Lake Albano, about twelve miles out of Rome, was overlooked by Castel Gandolfo, the Popeís summer residence.

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Prints from Descrizione e disegno dell’ Emissario del Lago Albano in this exhibition are: