courtyard in front of the Vatican with its two long curving colonnades surmounted with sculptures; carriages and figures throughout; city beyond at left and right

Venduta dell'insigne Basilica Vaticana coll'ampio Portico, e Piazza adjacente, Plate 120 from Vendute di Roma, 1775

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Though trained as an architect Giovanni Battista Piranesi's greatest monuments appeared on paper. With exceptional theatrical flair, he glorified Rome's accomplishments, both ancient and modern. Here he employs a bird's-eye view to convey the grandeur and splendor of Saint Peter's Basilica and Bernini's colonnade.

Details
Title
Venduta dell'insigne Basilica Vaticana coll'ampio Portico, e Piazza adjacente, Plate 120 from Vendute di Roma
Artist Life
Italian, 1720–1778
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.98.26.13
Provenance
Edith and Norman Garmezy, Edina, MN
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 120 (probably ii or iii state)
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courtyard in front of the Vatican with its two long curving colonnades surmounted with sculptures; carriages and figures throughout; city beyond at left and right