View of the Villa Medici

Giovanni Battista Falda Italian
Publisher Giovanni Giacomo De Rossi Italian

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Seventeenth-century printmakers responded to the interest in ancient art and architecture, as well as contemporary topography, by creating elaborate series on all the splendors of Rome. In the latter part of the century, their publications included etchings such as this one by Giovanni Battista Falda. Such works, eagerly collected throughout Europe, stimulated the Grand Tour to Italy to study Roman art and architecture. The garden surrounding the Villa Medici on the Pincian Hill, a glimpse of which is seen here, was highly regarded for its grand central fountain and phenomenal collection of statues from classical antiquity. The window openings cut into the hedges, visible on the lower right of the etching, offered a magnificent view of the rooftops of Rome, with the dome of Saint Peter's visible at mid-distance.

View of the Villa Medici, Giovanni Battista Falda (Italian, Valduggia 1643–1678 Rome), Etching

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