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ID number:  BIRBI-39.17
Institution:  The Barber Institute of Fine Arts
Artist / Maker:  Piranesi, Giovanni Battista (1720-1778)
Title / Object name:  The Palazzo di Montecitorio, Rome
Object type:  Print
Place made:  Rome
Culture:  Italian
Date made:  1760-78
Materials:  Etching with line-engraving
Measurements:  Plate: 400 x 611 mm; mount: 466 x 641 mm
Provenance:  Purchased from Messrs. John Grant Ltd., 1939, purchased with 17 other prints for £173

The imposing 16th-century exterior of the Palazzo di Montecitorio stretches into the hazy distance. Ghostly outlines of buildings and the column of Marcus Aurelius (193 AD) shimmer in the background. The combination of classical sculpture, 16th-century architecture and 18th-century life highlights the constantly evolving landscape and society of Rome. Piranesi was an Italian printmaker, designer, architect, archaeologist and theorist. His extensive output, both of art and writing, promoted a fascination with classical antiquity that was hugely influential on many artists and writers.

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