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  • Title Page
    Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, born 1720 - died 1778
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Title Page

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (made)
    Paris (Volume produced in Paris, 1800-1807, produced)

  • Date:

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

  • Artist/Maker:

    Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, born 1720 - died 1778 (Engraver)
    Piranesi, Francesco (engraver)
    Tessier (Bookbinder)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Engraving, paper

  • Museum number:

    E.3958-1908

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LL, shelf 1

Physical description

Portrait format engraving. The engraving forms the title page of a volume. It depicts an ancient stone, with a cameo portrait of Giovanni Battista Piranesi in the centre. There are Roman engravings both above and below the cameo. Underneath the stone there are several classical motifs, including an armoured soldier, a city plan of Rome, and Roman vases.

Place of Origin

Italy (made)
Paris (Volume produced in Paris, 1800-1807, produced)

Date

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

Artist/maker

Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, born 1720 - died 1778 (Engraver)
Piranesi, Francesco (engraver)
Tessier (Bookbinder)

Materials and Techniques

Engraving, paper

Marks and inscriptions

EQVES . IO . BAPT . PIRANESIUS \ VENETUS . ARCHITECTUS \
VIX . ANN . LIIX \ OB . VID . NOVEMB . CICICCCLXXIIX

Francifeus Piranesius invenit et sculpsit 1779
Francifeus Piranesius made these carvings in 1779.

Josephus Cades vultum delineavit
Josephus Cades depicted the face

Dimensions

Height: 42.7 cm, Width: 31.5 cm

Object history note

The image on the title page is a copy of a self-portrait by Piranesi, copied by his son for the title page of this volume.

The collection of volumes was previously owned by Decimus Burton and his bookplate is pasted in the inside cover of this volume.

Descriptive line

'Title page,' engraved by Francesco Piranesi and Joseph Cades, 1779. Engraving from Le Antichita Romane di Giambatista Piranesi, Volume 1, Giovanni Piranesi ca. 1750, volume bound together in Paris by Tessier, 1803-1807.

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

From departmental notes.
From the bookbinders sticker on the inside cover of Volume 1 of 'Le Antichita Romane di Giambatista Piranesi.'

Materials

Paper

Techniques

Engraving

Subjects depicted

Ruins; Architecture

Categories

Prints; Architecture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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