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The Tomb of Nero

ca. 1745
18th century
388 x 545 mm (15.3 x 21.5 in.)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, (1720–1778)

Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Etching on laid paper
State: Second of two states
Print impression quality: Fair
Series: from Grotteschi
Edition: First Paris edition, 1800–1807; according to Robison, reworked
Marks: Signed in plate, lower left; “Piranesi invento ed incise”; inscribed, lower right: numeral “26”
Marks: Watermark: Hind #7 Watermark: “house and bird”
Bibliography: Focillon 22; Hind, p. 80; Wilton-Ely 23 and p. 43 with remark: “Decorative capriccio. Fragments and a sarcophagus infested with serpents in the foreground with the ‘Tomb of Nero’ above.”
Credit Line: Gift of George W. Davison (BA Wesleyan 1892), before 1953
Accession Number: 1973.D1.38.28

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  • architecture - Art or science of designing and building structures, especially habitable structures, in accordance with principles determined by aesthetic and practical or material considerations. Refers also to the structures created. [November 1994 related term added. October 1990 alternate term added.]
  • death
  • graves - Excavations in the earth used for burial; for constructions raised over or around burial sites, use "tombs." [April 1993 related term added.]
  • Italy - TGN 1000080
  • Rome - TGN 7000874 (standard English name used here for this well-known city)

  • plate Dimensions: 388 x 545 mm (15.3 x 21.5 in.)

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