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Maker(s):Piranesi, Giovanni Battista
Culture:Italian (1720-1778)
Title:Veduta della Basilica di S. Giovanni in Laterano [View of the Basilica of St. Giovanni in Laterno] from the series Vedute di Roma [Views of Rome]
Date Made:1749 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: 21 3/4 in x 31 1/2 in; 55.2 cm x 80 cm; Plate: 15 3/8 in x 21 5/8 in; 39.1 cm x 54.9 cm; Image: 15 5/16 in x 21 1/2 in; 38.9 cm x 54.6 cm
Narrative Inscription:  inscription: verso, ctr. (blue ink, stamp): MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE LIBRARY ; inscription: recto, lwr. ctr. (printed, within plate): VEDUTA DELLA BASILICA DI S. GIOVANNI LATERANO / ARCHITETTURA DI ALESSANDRO GALLILEI ; inscription:recto, lwr. r. (printed, within plate): PRESSO L’AUTORE A STRADA FELICE NEL PALAZZO TOMATI VICINO ALLA TRINITA DE’MONTI. A PAOLI DUE E MEZZO. ; signature: recto, lwr. r. (printed, within plate): PIRANESI DEL. SCOL
Accession Number:  MH 1972.74.10.P.RII
Credit Line:Transfer from the Mount Holyoke College Library
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

View of the main facade of the Basilica of San Giovanni in Laterno, which recedes diagonally into the distance on the right. To right of the facade is the palace and in the left foreground there is wall upon which four men sit and stand. There are more people, carriages, and fragmentary ruins in the open space of the piazza. Beneath the image is an inscription with the title - noting that the new facade's architecture is by Alessandro Galilei - and a key to the numbered elements of the composition.

1: Capella fabricata da Clemente XII Corsini [Chapel built by Clement XII Corsini]

2: Palazzo fabricato da Sisto V. ora Conser. di Zitelle [Palace built by Sixtus V now the Conservatory of Zitelle]

3: Scala Santa (Scala Sancta [The Holy Stairs])

4: Guglia Egiziaca giacente [Egyptian Obelisk lying on the ground]

5: Mura della Citta [Wall of the City]

architecture; buildings; columns; ancient; ruins; people; trees; etchings; construction; carriages; domes; walls

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