Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1720-1778
Sheet of Sketches Showing Temples, Tombs, Sarcophagi, Ground Plans, Vases, and a Circus. Verso: Layout of a Formal Garden
Pen and brown ink on paper; verso: pen and brown ink; ruled lines in black chalk.
16 3/8 x 11 1/8 inches (418 x 283 mm)
Bequest of Junius S. Morgan and gift of Henry S. Morgan.
1966.11:17

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Inscribed throughout identifying names of monuments, in pen and brown ink; see entry below for inscriptions.
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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.
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Watermark: Fleur de lis inside double circle, above letter "V".
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.

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