square ruined structure with archways; ruined doorway at left; goats in foreground and and left; scattered figures--some with staffs, woman with goats in middle ground

Tempio detto volgarm.te di Giano A. Arco detto degl'Argentieri . . ., 1771

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Gift of Ruth and Bruce Daytonexpand_more  2007.49.2.1

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Janus was the Roman god of gates, beginnings, and transitions. This four-way arch was built to honor him around the year 400 CE. The site may have been selected to commemorate the beginning of Rome, for this is the spot where the she-wolf Lupa rescued the mythical infants Romulus and Remus, the abandoned twins said to have founded the city. The many niches encircling the exterior would have contained statues of different gods. In this print Piranesi pictured the structure’s upper story, which in his day was still partly intact. It was removed in 1837, under the mistaken belief that it was added much later, during medieval times. In fact, it was part of the original structure.

Details
Title
Tempio detto volgarm.te di Giano A. Arco detto degl'Argentieri . . .
Artist Life
Italian, 1720–1778
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2007.49.2.1
Provenance
Private collection, New England Childs Gallery, Boston Private collection, New England Childs Gallery, Boston Private collection, New England Childs Gallery, Boston Private collection, New England Childs Gallery, Boston
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 096 i/iv; Focillon 825, Wilton-Ely 229
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square ruined structure with archways; ruined doorway at left; goats in foreground and and left; scattered figures--some with staffs, woman with goats in middle ground