Veduta della Piazza del Popolo

Reference: S36889_AM
Author Giovan Battista PIRANESI
Year: 1750 ca.
Measures: 550 x 410 mm
€2,500.00

Description

THE FIRST STATE OF SEVEN -

Etching and engraving, 1750, signed on plate at the lower right.

Example from the contemporary Roman Edition. A very good impression, printed on contemporary strong laid paper without watermark, with margins, very good condition.

The first state of seven, before the retouches of the plate and the address of Bouchard and Gravier. Very rare.

Taken from Vedute di Roma.

The whole work consists of 135 plates which have been individually produced by Piranesi along 30 years, from 1745 circa until his death. Two more works have been subsequently added, two plates by his son Francesco. They have been printed for the first time in 1751 (34 plates) by the editor Giovanni Bouchard, afterwards by Piranesi himself, publisher first in Strada Felice an the in Palazzo Tomati, imprint that can be found in mostly of the plates), until the final edition of 137 plates. After Piranesi's death, his son Francesco inherited the plates, editing them first in Rome and then in Paris, where three editions were printed - the so-called "first Paris edition", an intermediate one (both on laid paper) and the one edited by the publisher Firmin Didot, the first on wowe paper, where the plates have an Arabic ordinal number added. All Parisi issues are rather modest in quality, far from how Piranesi had thought and conceived them. The plates were then acquired by the Calcografia Camerale, then Calcografia Nazionale, today Istituto Centrale per la Grafica, where they are still kept.

Literature

Hind 14, I/VII; Focillon 794.

Giovan Battista PIRANESI (Mogliano Veneto 1720 - Roma 1778)

Italian etcher, engraver, designer, architect, archaeologist and theorist. He is considered one of the supreme exponents of topographical engraving, but his lifelong preoccupation with architecture was fundamental to his art. Although few of his architectural designs were executed, he had a seminal influence on European Neo-classicism through personal contacts with architects, patrons and visiting artists in Rome over the course of nearly four decades. His prolific output of etched plates, which combined remarkable flights of imagination with a strongly practical understanding of ancient Roman technology, fostered a new and lasting perception of antiquity. He was also a designer of festival structures and stage sets, interior decoration and furniture, as well as a restorer of antiquities. The interaction of this rare combination of activities led him to highly original concepts of design, which were advocated in a body of influential theoretical writings. The ultimate legacy of his unique vision of Roman civilization was an imaginative interpretation and re-creation of the past, which inspired writers and poets as much as artists and designers.

Literature

Hind 14, I/VII; Focillon 794.

Giovan Battista PIRANESI (Mogliano Veneto 1720 - Roma 1778)

Italian etcher, engraver, designer, architect, archaeologist and theorist. He is considered one of the supreme exponents of topographical engraving, but his lifelong preoccupation with architecture was fundamental to his art. Although few of his architectural designs were executed, he had a seminal influence on European Neo-classicism through personal contacts with architects, patrons and visiting artists in Rome over the course of nearly four decades. His prolific output of etched plates, which combined remarkable flights of imagination with a strongly practical understanding of ancient Roman technology, fostered a new and lasting perception of antiquity. He was also a designer of festival structures and stage sets, interior decoration and furniture, as well as a restorer of antiquities. The interaction of this rare combination of activities led him to highly original concepts of design, which were advocated in a body of influential theoretical writings. The ultimate legacy of his unique vision of Roman civilization was an imaginative interpretation and re-creation of the past, which inspired writers and poets as much as artists and designers.