Lot 220: GIOVANNI B. PIRANESI Veduta del Palazzo Farnese.
03 November 2016
New York, NY, USALive Auction
GIOVANNI B. PIRANESI
Veduta del Palazzo Farnese.
Etching, 1773. 413x655 mm; 16 1/4x25 3/4 inches, wide margins. First state (of 3), before numbers. From the Vedute di Roma. A brilliant, dark, richly-inked and earlyimpression of this large, scarce etching, with very strong contrasts and with the guide lines for the text lower left distinct.
First designed in 1517 for the Farnese family, this important Renaissance palace was greatly expanded following the sack of Rome in 1527 and Cardinal Alessandro Farnese''s ascension to become Pope Paul III in 1534. Its building history involved some of the most prominent architects of the 16th century, including Antonio da Sangallo the Younger, Michelangelo (who significantly redesigned Sangallo''s façade) and Giacomo della Porta. Today the palace houses the French embassy. Hind 107.