Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720 - 1778)

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720 - 1778)

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720 - 1778) 
"Veduta per angolo dello stresso Candelabro" #844
”Another view of the same candelabra” 
Etching & Engraving
15 x 20 1/2 inches (full sheet, trimmed margins)
Signed lower left in plate: “Piranesi” 
c. 1778

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi is considered one of the most famous neoclassical print makers of the 18th century in regards to architecture. Born in 1720 near Treviso Italy, his brother introduced him to latin and the ancient world which initially sparked his interest in antiquarian subject. Not too long after this he studied as an architect under his uncle, Matteo Lucchesi, who was a Venetian engineer specializing in excavation. Moving to Rome in 1740 he then learned the art of etching and engraving under Giuseppe Vasi while collaborating with pupils of the French Academy in Rome producing a series of views of Rome. From 1748-1774 Piranesi created a long series of views entitled "Roman Antiquities of the Time of the First Republic and the First Emperors" establishing his fame and of which this etching has come from. He became so famous for his etchings and incredible ability to restore Roman antiquities like pots and vases he was commissioned by the Pope for specific projects and was even knighted in 1764. Although an architect by trade he was not successful thankfully providing us one of the best historical visual history of Rome's ruins in the 1700's.

Piranesi has established himself as the greatest neoclassical print maker of the 18th century and this etching is a perfect example. Printed circa 1778 this etching "Another view of the same candelabra" shows Piranesi's ability to create highly detailed and sophisticated prints. This ornately decorated candelabra shows two cherubs at the top, eagles at its center and floral filigree with rams heads on both sides. The right half is etched as though it is cast in shadow while the left is in the light. A tear is present in the paper to the right of the right cherubs knees as seen in the provided image near the sheets edge.

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