The Octagonal Room in the Small Baths at the Villa of Hadrian (Tivoli).

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

ca. 1777
Red chalk over black chalk or charcoal with partly ruled construction; sheet glued onto secondary paper support
15-1/2 x 21-3/4 in. (39.4 x 55.3 cm)
Credit Line:
Purchase, Anonymous Gift and George and Lisa McFadden Gift, 1994
Accession Number:
  • Secondary Titles

    Study for Vedute di Roma, Dieta o sia luogo che da ingresso ... Villa Adriana

  • Signatures, Inscriptions, and Markings

    Marking: Collector's stamp on lower left of verso: Dr. C. Jessen (Lugt 1398a).
    No watermark visible.

  • Provenance

    Graphische Sammlung Albertina ; Gustav Nebehay (Berlin and Vienna, 1881–1935); Elie Talleyrand-Perigord, duc de Talleyrand ; Private Collection, London ; Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox (London)

  • Exhibition History

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "Drawings and Prints: Selections from the Permanent Collection," July 27, 2004–October 25, 2004.

    The Metropolitan Museum of Art. "The Philippe de Montebello Years: Curators Celebrate Three Decades of Acquisitions," October 24, 2008–February 1, 2009.

  • References

    Antonio Morassi Dessins Vénetiens du Dixhuitème siècle de la Collection du Duc de Talleyrand. Ex. cat. Milan, 1958, cat. no. 58, fig. no. 58, p. 27, ill.

    Disegni di Giambattista Piranesi. Exh. cat., Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice. edited by Alessandro Bettagno, Venice, 1978, cat. no. 71, fig. no. 71, p. 62, ill.

    Old Master Drawings from Venice. Ex. cat. Norwich Castle Museum and Art Gallery, London, 1984-85, cat. no. 10.

    Italian Drawings. Dealer exh. cat.: London, November- December 1991; New York, January 1992. Hazlitt, Gooden & Fox, London, 1991, cat. no. 22, ill.

    William M. Griswold, Helen Bobritzky Mules, Suzanne Boorsch, Nadine Orenstein "Recent Acquisitions, A Selection: 1993-1994: Renaissance and Baroque Europe - Europe 1700-1900." in The Metropolitan Museum of Art Bulletin. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, vol. 52, no. 2, Autumn 1994, p. 36, ill.

    George R. Goldner "Curatorial Reports and Departmental Accessions: Drawings" in Annual Report of the Trustees of the Metropolitan Museum, July 1, 1993 - June 30, 1994. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, 1994, pp. 26-27, ill.

  • See also
    In the Museum
    Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History