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ID number:  BIRBI-39.18
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Piranesi, Giovanni Battista (1720-1778)
Title / Object name:  The Palazzo della Sacra Consulta
Object type:  Print
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  1752
Materials:  Etching with engraving
Measurements:  Plate: 405 x 610 mm; mount: 466 x 643 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Messrs. John Grant Ltd., 1939, purchased with 17 other prints for £173

This print shows the façade of a palace in central Rome designed by Ferdinando Fuga in 1732 for Pope Clement XII, which housed the papal tribunal, termed the Consulta. The building is now used as the Supreme Court of Italy. Piranesi was a highly influential figure in the field of topographical illustration. He worked in Rome between 1740 and 1755 making intricately detailed architectural studies that reflect his superb knowledge of perspective.

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