Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)
Pen and brown ink over black chalk
11 x 16 3/4 in. (28 x 42.5 cm)
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
Not on view
Giovanni Battista Piranesi is recognized for his vast and magnificent legacy of archaeological and topographical etchings of Rome and southern Italy. In his last years he was captivated by the antiquities of Pompeii and Herculaneum, which he often drew in a rather austere manner. Piranesi made this drawing in the last months of his life. Etched at a later date by his son Francesco Piranesi, the study corresponds to a plate published in Antiquities de la Grande Grèce (Paris, 1804).
Inscription: Inscribed with numerals in brown ink
Marking: Inscribed or annotated in brown ink on the verso: (upper center):Tav. 8; (center right): Tav. 9--; (lower left): 6. dopio disonzione [?]; (lower center): veduta di prizione della Strada [ ] de Portici
L. H. Philippi, Hamburg, Germany (Lugt 1335); Philippi sale, Lepke, Berlin, May 13, 1884, no. 450; Col. N. Colville, Penheale Manor, Launceston, Cornwall; Stephen Spector, New York. Acquired by Robert Lehman in 1961.