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This artwork, Views of Rome: Frontispiece with Statue of Minerva, (3rd State) by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, is currently for sale at R. S. Johnson Fine Art.
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Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Views of Rome: Frontispiece with Statue of Minerva, (3rd State)
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TITLE:  Views of Rome: Frontispiece with Statue of Minerva, (3rd State)
ARTIST:  Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778)
WORK DATE:  1748
CATEGORY:  Prints and Multiples
MARKINGS:  Watermark:
Fleur-de-lys in a Double Circle (Hind 3)
SIZE:  h: 49.8 x w: 63.1 cm / h: 19.6 x w: 24.8 in
STYLE:  Old Masters
PRICE*:  Contact Gallery for Price
GALLERY:  R. S. Johnson Fine Art  +1-312-943-1661  Send Email
DESCRIPTION:  Reference:
Hind 2 III/VII

1. A fine impression of the 3rd state (of seven) of this major work, the frontispiece for Piranesi’s Vedute di Roma.

2. In his one hundred thirty-five “Vedute di Roma, published over a period of some thirty-three years, Piranesi showed repeatedly that he was as interested in the interior construction of the depicted ruins as in their exterior appearance. Thus, the structures, which Piranesi etched, were analyzed by him technically as well as from a purely archaeological and aesthetic standpoint. The exterior harmony of a building, for Piranesi, was a function of its inner construction. The building’s walls were not merely a surface but also a volume. It was only in comprehending architecture under these varied aspects that the true grandeur and poetry of ancient Rome could be understood and correctly presented. In considering the Vedute di Roma, in general, we see a gradual development from a lighter, silvery and more “Venetian” treatment of the earlier works to an increasingly stronger and complicated treatment of the later works.
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