Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Sheet of Sketches for a Palace Courtyard with Equestrian Statue. Verso: Perspective View of a Villa and Garden.
ca. 1742
Pen and brown ink on paper; verso: black chalk with details in pen and brown ink.
16 5/16 x 11 1/16 inches (415 x 282 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.

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Inscribed in upper portion identifying elements of courtyard, in pen and brown ink, "cochio tirato da cavali / trofei E fama che incorona // trofei // trofei // cochio // due cavali / tenuti da un / soldato / sopra // s[ta]tua del / imperatore // arco."

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.

Denison, Cara, Myra Nan Rosenfeld, and Stephanie Wiles. Exploring Rome : Piranesi and His Contemporaries. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library; Montréal : Centre Canadien d'Architecture, 1993, no. 24, repr.
Stampfle, Felice. Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Drawings in the Pierpont Morgan Library. New York : Dover, 1978, no. 18, repr.


Sketches are after plates of reconstructions of ancient Roman monuments by Austrian architect Johann Bernhard Fischer von Erlach (1656-1723) published in "Entwurff einer historischen Architectur," Vienna, 1721. The recto is a study of Fischer's reconstruction of the Forum of Trajan.
For other studies after Fischer, see 1966.11:17.

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Fischer von Erlach, Johann Bernhard, 1656-1723, after.
Morgan, Jane Norton, 1868-1925, former owner.
Morgan, Junius Spencer, 1892-1960, former owner.
Morgan, Henry S. (Henry Sturgis), 1900-1982, former owner.