Giovanni Giacomo De Rossi (Italian, Rome 1627–1691 Rome)
Plate: 9 1/16 x 16 5/16 in. (23 x 41.5 cm)
Book: 15 7/16 × 19 7/16 × 11/16 in. (39.2 × 49.4 × 1.7 cm)
The Elisha Whittelsey Collection, The Elisha Whittelsey Fund, 1961
Not on view
Standing at the center of the park on the Pincian Hill with a circumference of almost four miles, the Villa Borghese was Rome's ultimate entertainment retreat. Today, as the Galleria Borghese it houses an important collection of paintings and classical sculpture. Commissioned by Cardinal Scipione Borghese, the villa was built by Flaminio Ponzio and Giovanni Vansanzio (Jan van Zanten) in the early seventeenth century. Filled with statues and vases, its decorative outer facades resemble a scenae frons, exemplifying the highly theatrical aspect of Roman Baroque villa architecture, also characteristic of the Villa Medici and the Villa Doria Pamphilj.
Artist: Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)Date: ca. 1749–50Medium: Etching, engraving, sulphur tint or open bite, burnishing; first state of four (Robison)Accession: 37.45.3(27)On view in:Not on view