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Rovine d'archit'a Egiziana e Greca (Ruins of Egyptian and Greek architecture)

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  • Title (object)

    • Rovine d'archit'a Egiziana e Greca (Ruins of Egyptian and Greek architecture)
  • Description

    A capriccio including a broken obelisk, flanked by lions and mounted with a trophy Etching

  • Producer name

  • School/style

  • Date

    • 1760 (circa)
  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Height: 215 millimetres (plate-mark)
    • Width: 153 millimetres
  • Inscriptions

      • Inscription Content

        Lettered with the title as if carved on a tablet on the pedestal of the broken obelisk; signed thourgh the lower margin 'Piranesi fec.'
  • Curator's comments

    See comment to 1977 U 14 (1).

    This plate would appear to have been a later edition to the 'Opere Varie' of the early 1760s, although Wilton-Ely includes it with the 'Lettere di Giustificazione', for which it had previously served as a title-page.

  • Bibliography

    • Focillon 1918 132 bibliographic details
    • Wilton-Ely 1994 738 (later state) bibliographic details
  • Location

    Not on display (164*.a.7)

  • Subjects

  • Acquisition date


  • Department

    Prints & Drawings

  • Registration number


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