Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
1720-1778
Architectural Fantasy with a Colossal Arcaded Faȧde on a Piazza with Statues, Victory Columns, Fountains, and an Obelisk
ca. 1740-50
Pen and brown ink, with brown wash, over graphite, perspective lines and details in red chalk, on paper irregularly trimmed along lower edge.
10 9/16 x 16 7/8 inches (270 x 428 mm)
Purchased as the gift of Miss Alice Tully.
1971.4
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P. & D. Colnaghi and Co., London.
Bibliography: 

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. 26, repr.
Ryskamp, Charles, ed. Sixteenth Report to the Fellows of the Pierpont Morgan Library, 1969-1971. New York : Pierpont Morgan Library, 1973, p. 119.

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Watermark: Fleur de lis inside double circle, surmounted by letter V.

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