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Maker(s):Piranesi, Giovanni Battista
Culture:Italian (1720-1778)
Title:Veduta della Basilica, e Piazza di S. Pietro in Vaticano [View of the Basilica and Square of St. Peters in the Vatican] from the series Vedute di Roma [Views of Rome]
Date Made:1748 plate; 1777 or before, print
Materials:Etching, black ink on laid paper
Place Made:Europe; Italy; Rome
Measurements:Mat: 26 in x 34 in; 66 cm x 86.4 cm; Sheet: 21 1/2 in x 31 1/2 in; 54.6 cm x 80 cm; Plate: 15 3/4 in x 21 3/8 in; 40 cm x 54.3 cm; Image: 145 9/16 in x 21 1/8 in; 369.7 cm x 53.7 cm
Narrative Inscription:  inscription: verso, ctr. (blue ink, stamp): MOUNT HOLYOKE COLLEGE LIBRARY ; inscription: recto, lwr. r. (printed, within plate): VEDUTA DELLA BASILICA E PIAZZA DI S. PIETRO IN VATICANO ; inscription: recto, lwr. r. (printed, within plate): PRESSO L’AUTORE A STRADA FELICE NEL PALAZZO TOMATI VICINO ALLA TRINITA DE MENTI. A PAOLI DUE E MEZZO. PIRANESI DEL. SCOL.
Accession Number:  MH 1972.74.2.P.RII
Credit Line:Transfer from the Mount Holyoke College Library
Museum Collection:  Mount Holyoke College Art Museum

View of St. Peters and the bustling square with an obelisk in the center of the composition, in front of the basilica. In the foreground there are numerous people of differing social statuses, and to the left there is an elaborate carriage while to the right is a watering trough from which a horse drinks. Below the image is an inscription with the title and key to the numbered features.

1: Palazzo Pontificio fabricato da Sisto V. [Pontifical Palace constructed by Sixtus V]

2: Loggia di Giulio II. architettura di Bramante Lazzari, e dipinte da Rafaello d'Urbino [Loggia of Julius II, architecture of Bramante Lazzari, and painted by Rafael of Urbino]

3: Guglia eretta da Sisto V [Spire erected by Sixtus V] (the Vatican Obelisk)

4: Vasca tutta di un pezzo di granito Orientale [Bath all from on piece of Eastern granite]

buildings; columns; architecture; carriages; people; construction; domes; horses; water; international

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