Veduta Degli Avanzi Appartenenti alla Casa Aurea di Nerone (Remains of the Golden House of Nero)
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), Veduta Degli Avanzi Appartenenti alla Casa Aurea di Nerone (View of the Remains of the Golden House of Nero), etching, 1756. First Edition, from the series Le Antichita Romane, Bouchard e Gravier 1756, section XXXIII, figure II [signed, numbered and titled on a scroll lower right, in the plate]. References: Focillon 208, Wilton-Ely 343. In very good condition aside from slight staining mostly in margins and verso, with full margins, 4 1/4 x 10 1/2, the sheet 9 x 14 3/4 inches.
A fine, crisp impression, printed on a stiff cream laid paper.
Wilton-Ely notes that this is actually the Basilica of Maxentius and Constantine.
Piranesi developed the plates of the Antichita Romane (Roman Antiquities) after eight years of careful study and excavation. His aim, as with all his archaeological publications, was both to record the vanishing past, and to inspire designers to emulate these past achievements.