View through the Herculaneum Gate, Pompeii

Giovanni Battista Piranesi Italian

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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).

View through the Herculaneum Gate, Pompeii, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome), Pen and brown ink over black chalk

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