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Maker(s):Piranesi, Giovanni Battista
Culture:Italian (1720-1778)
Title:Veduta della Facciata della Basilica di S. Croce in Gerusalemme [View of the Facade of the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem] from the series Vedute di Roma [Views of Rome]
Date Made:1750 plate; 1777 or before, print
Materials:Etching, black ink on ivory laid paper
Place Made:Europe; Italy; Rome
Measurements:Mat: 26 in x 34 in; 66 cm x 86.4 cm; Sheet: 22 in x 13 in; 55.9 cm x 33 cm; Plate: 15 3/4 in x 24 1/8 in; 40 cm x 61.3 cm; Image: 15 5/8 in x 23 13/16 in; 39.7 cm x 60.5 cm
Narrative Inscription:  inscription: verso, ctr. (blue ink, stamp): MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE LIBRARY ; inscription: recto, lwr. r. (printed, within plate): PRESSO L’AUTORE A STRADA FELICE NEL PALAZZO TOMATI VICINO ALLA TRINITI DE MENTI. A PAOLI DUE E MEZZO. ; signature: recto, lwr. r. (printed, within plate): GIOVAN BATTISTA PIRANESI ARCHITETTO DIS. ED INC.
Accession Number:  MH 1972.74.5.P.RII
Credit Line:Transfer from the Mount Holyoke College Library
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

View of the facade of the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem, with the grand building receding diagonally to the left. The foreground is populated with people and fragmentary ruins. Beneath the image is an inscription with the title and a key to the numbered elements in the composition.

1: Monasterio de' Monaci Cisterciensi [Cistercian Monastery]

2: Muro moderno fabbricato sulle rovine dell'Anfiteatro Castrense [Modern wall built on the ruins of the Amphitheater Castrense]

3: Avanzi del Tempio della Speranza Vecchia [Remains of the Temple of Speranza Vecchia]

architecture; international; buildings; religion; Christianity; people

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