Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Download image: 
Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1720-1778
Classical Head with Two Heads of Rams
Red chalk, over black chalk, on paper.
5 3/8 x 6 13/16 inches (137 x 173 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
1966.11:29

Download verso image: 
Inscription: 

Mrs. J.P. Morgan, New York; by descent to her sons Junius S. Morgan, Princeton and Paris (no mark, see Lugt 1536) and Henry S. Morgan, New York.

Provenance: 
Inscribed on verso as part of etching proof impression, in pen and brown ink, "Pila ritrovata / dietro alle rovine / del castello. // Merco di / cui si parla / alla pag.7."; numbered at upper right, in graphite, "18".
Bibliography: 

Stampfle, Felice. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Dover, 1978, no. 29, repr.

Notes: 

Drawing is on verso of a fragment from "Le rovine del Castello dell'Acqua Giulia," 1761, f. 405, pl. 4.

Associated names: 

Morgan, Jane Norton, 1868-1925, former owner.
Morgan, Junius Spencer, 1892-1960, former owner.
Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982 former owner.

School: 
Century: 
Classification: 
Department: