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Plate 24, Volume 3

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (engraved)
    Paris (This volume was bound and published in Paris between 1803-1807., produced)

  • Date:

    ca. 1750 (printed)
    1803-1807 (produced)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Tessier (bookbinder)
    Buonamici, Antonio (artist)
    Rossi, Girolamo Hieronymus, born 1682 (engravers)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    engraving, paper

  • Museum number:

    E.4121-1908

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LL, shelf 3

Physical description

Double page landscape format engraving in black and white of a view of the burial chamber of the freedmen and slaves of the family of Augustus. The engraving depicts a cross-section of the tomb, showing the rows and number of sepulchral niches on the back wall, and the depth of the niches on the side walls where the cross section has been taken. The room has a central recess with an apse in the form of a shell. The mausoleum is shown to be underground, as the surface level is depicted at the top of the engraving. An Italian inscription at the bottom of the engraving explains features of the scene.

Place of Origin

Italy (engraved)
Paris (This volume was bound and published in Paris between 1803-1807., produced)

Date

ca. 1750 (printed)
1803-1807 (produced)

Artist/maker

Tessier (bookbinder)
Buonamici, Antonio (artist)
Rossi, Girolamo Hieronymus, born 1682 (engravers)

Materials and Techniques

engraving, paper

Marks and inscriptions

Antonio Buonamici delin. / Girolamo Rossi sculp.

Dimensions

Height: 55.4 cm approx, Width: 41.1 cm approx

Object history note

This image depicts the columbarium (underground burial chamber) of the freedmen of Livia, which was discovered on the Via Appia in Rome in around 1725.

This print was originally published in Francesco Bianchini's 'Camere ed Inscrizioni Sepulchrali', Rome: GM Salvioni, 1727. Piranesi purchased the copper plate and reprinted the illustration in his 'Antichita Romane'.

Descriptive line

'Plate 24, Volume 3', engraving from Le Antichita Romane di Giambatista Piranesi, Volume 3, drawn by Antonio Buonamici, engraved by Girolamo Rossi, ca. 1750, volume bound together in Paris by Tessier, 1803-1807

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

From departmental notes.
From the bookbinders' label on the inside cover of Volume 3 of 'Le Antichita Romane di Giambatista Piranesi.'

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Ruin; Architecture; Burial chamber

Categories

Prints; Architecture; Archaeology; Death

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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