Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778)
Plate: 14 15/16 x 24 3/16 in. (38 x 61.5 cm)
Rogers Fund transferred from the Library (184.108.40.206.29)
Piranesi, who arrived in Rome in 1740, soon capitalized on the demand for souvenir views of the city. By 1748, he had produced the first of 135 etchings of classical and Baroque Rome, the Vedute di Roma, a series that evolved over the remaining three decades of his career. This view of the Palazzo Mancini, the seat of the French Academy since 1725, emphasizes the dramatic recession of the Corso and reveals Piranesi's interest in the topography of the site as well as in contemporary urban life.