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Giovanni Battista Piranes

Giovanni Battista Piranesi.

"Vedute di Roma", is the name for a collection of 135 monumental etchings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. With these etchings, he had a great influence on classicism and the Empire. Piranesi was an Italian etcher and architect, the first was a student of Matteo Lucchesi, and later of the architect Scalfarotto, the engraver Zucchi, and the etcher Vasi. Giuseppe Vasi was his first employer. His second employer was Giambattista Tiepolo, THE great Venetian master.
In 1745, Piranesi settled in Rome. With the series "Antichità Romane", and the etchings "Vedute di Roma", he scored a popular hit, because in those days many Northern-Europeans came to Rome for their so-called "grand tour" during their studies.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) was an Italian etcher, draughtsman and architect. He was born in Venice on the 4th October 1720. In 1740 Piranesi left Venice for Rome and started to draw Roman architecture. He studied etching under Giuseppe Vasi.
With the help of Giuseppe Wagner, a successful engraver and publisher of Venice, he returned to Rome, where he had a workshop on the Corso. Most of his life was spent in Rome, etching, writing, publishing, and directing a workshop in which the restoration and sale of antiques played a considerable part.
Although perhaps Piranesi's most discussed etchings are those of his visionary Prison series (Carceri), his Views of Rome (Vedute di Roma), produced as single prints between 1748 and 1778, are his best-known mature works. Comprising 135 large-scale etchings of the buildings of classical and post-classical Rome, these images contributed considerably to the cities fame, and to the rise of Neoclassicism in art, architecture, and interior design in the second half of the eighteenth century. Piranesi's unparalleled accuracy of depiction, his personal expression of the structures' noble simplicity and calm grandeur (in the words of the art historian Johann J. Winckelmann), and his technical mastery, made these prints some of the most original and impressive representations of architecture to be found in Western art.
Following Piranesi's death in 1778, his children carried on his publications in Rome until 1798. Two years later, the artist's sons moved to Paris, taking with them their father's original copper plates and from their new location reissuing his prints until 1839 when the Camera Apostolica bought the plates.
A strong and desirable impression from his most important architectural series. More noticeable in photograph that it actually is.

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