View of the Arch of Titus, from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome)

A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1750/59

Artist:

Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Italian, 1720-1778

About this artwork

Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s grand-scale prints are considered some of the most remarkable etchings of the 18th century. In over a thousand plates, he masterfully incorporated a broad range of lines, from delicately fine details to deep incisions that emboss the paper when printed.
A self-proclaimed architect, the Venetian-born Piranesi moved to Rome when he was twenty and made a profitable livelihood selling his etchings of the city’s landmarks to tourists. He captured the coexistence of modern life and idealized antiquities, such as this view of the Arch of Titus, built in AD 81, which towers over pedestrians below.

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Artist

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Title

View of the Arch of Titus, from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome)

Origin

Italy

Date

1750–1759

Medium

Etching in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

381 x 615 mm (image); 406 x 620 mm (plate); 556 x 782 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Clarence Buckingham Collection

Reference Number

1910.494

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