Antique engraving of an antique vase by the prolific Italian artist and engraver Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), particularly famous for his architectural works. Framed in wood under glass. Late 18th - early 19th centuries.
This copper plate engraving is titled Vaso Antico di Marmo Adornato di Eccellenti Sculpture (an Ancient Marble Vase Adorned with Beautiful Sculpture). It is a part of the collection Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcofagi, Tripodi, Lucerne, ed Ornamenti Antichi, vol. II (Vases, candelabra, grave stones, sarcophagi, tripods, lamps, and ornaments). There is an expected visible fold line across the sheet, as this was issued as a double fold out print. The paper has some damaged areas - please see the pictures. It is framed in a dark brown wooden frame, under glass.
Please note that this work is a part of our Piranesi collection. We have a total of 7 framed Piranesi engravings, listed separately.
Length and width with the frame: 28.5" x 22.5" (72 x 57 cm). Length and width of the engraving inside the frame: 23.5" x 17.5" (60 x 44.5 cm). Frame thickness: 0.75" (1.9 cm).
One of the greatest printmakers of the eighteenth century, Piranesi always considered himself an architect. The son of a stonemason and master builder, he received practical training in structural and hydraulic engineering, as well as a thorough background in perspective construction and stage design. This diverse training served him well in the profession that would establish his fame. Whether or not Piranesi studied printmaking in Venice, it is certain that soon after his arrival in Rome in 1740, he apprenticed himself briefly to Giuseppe Vasi, the foremost producer of the etched views of Rome. Quickly mastering the medium of etching, Piranesi found in it an outlet for his creativity, from designing fantastic complexes of buildings to reconstructing in painstaking detail the ancient Rome. Best known for his representations of on the archaeological reconstructions of ruins and the documentation of contemporary Rome, Piranesi also made a fundamental contribution to the development of the decorative arts. Vasi is one of the most important of his works related to his own interests as a restorer and dealer in antiquities, and which had a great influence on interior decoration, and industrial production of ceramics. The plates were issued as individual plates from 1768, first appearing in bound form in 1778 as 'Vasi Candelabri Cippi Sarcofagi', probably compiled by Francesco Piranesi following his father's death.