The Coliseum, 1757-1761

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The Colosseum is the most famous remnant of ancient Rome. Also called the Flavian Amphitheater, it was built under three successive emperors of the Flavius family (Vespasian, Titus, and Domitian) in the years 76 to 92 CE. Today many sports stadiums can trace their oval design to this masterpiece of Roman architecture. Piranesi’s skewed perspective makes us feel as if we were looking at the rounded corner of a square building, a view that apparently gave rise to squarish stadium layouts, such as the late, great Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York, once home to the Brooklyn Dodgers.

The Coliseum
Artist Life
Italian, 1720–1778
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind 057 i/iv; Wilton-Ely 191
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