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View of the Remains of the Dining Room of Nero's Golden House, commonly called the Temple of Peace, c. 1756-1778

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Today’s visitors to the Roman Forum can still see remnants of this looming edifice. Piranesi thought the space was the dining room of the fabled Golden House of Emperor Nero. But in fact it was the remains of a later project, an enormous basilica begun in 306 CE under Emperor Maxentius and completed under Constantine six years later. At the time, the basilica—a large public hall rather than a Christian church—was the largest building in Rome. Far in the distance, at the right, we can glimpse the Colosseum.

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Title
View of the Remains of the Dining Room of Nero's Golden House, commonly called the Temple of Peace
Artist Life
Italian, 1720–1778
Role
Artist
Accession Number
2007.49.2.2
Provenance
Private collection, New England Childs Gallery, Boston
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 114 i/iv, Focillon 751, Wilton-Ely 247
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three very large archways, cut with various smaller arches on two levels and surmounted by free-standing arches; goats and figures at right in middle ground; figures with a wagon and two horses in foreground; other figures and mule in LLC