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Vasca di granito sorretta da quattro fauni, from the series Vasi, candelabri, cippi, sarcofagi, tripodi, lucerne, ed ornamenti antichi disegnati ed incisi dal Cav. Gio. Batt. Piranesi (Granite cistern supported by four fauns resting on a base, from the series Vases, candelabra, grave stones, sarcophagi, tripods, lamps, and ornaments designed and etched by Cavalieri Giovanni Battista Piranesi)

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Vasca di granito sorretta da quattro fauni, from the series Vasi, candelabri, cippi, sarcofagi, tripodi, lucerne, ed ornamenti antichi disegnati ed incisi dal Cav. Gio. Batt. Piranesi (Granite cistern supported by four fauns resting on a base, from the series Vases, candelabra, grave stones, sarcophagi, tripods, lamps, and ornaments designed and etched by Cavalieri Giovanni Battista Piranesi), 1778, etching on paper, Gift of Henrietta E. Failing, public domain, 16.4.9

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Vasca di granito sorretta da quattro fauni, from the series Vasi, candelabri, cippi, sarcofagi, tripodi, lucerne, ed ornamenti antichi disegnati ed incisi dal Cav. Gio. Batt. Piranesi (Granite cistern supported by four fauns resting on a base, from the series Vases, candelabra, grave stones, sarcophagi, tripods, lamps, and ornaments designed and etched by Cavalieri Giovanni Battista Piranesi)

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series (original language): Vasi, candelabri, cippi, sarcofagi, tripodi, lucerne, ed ornamenti antichi disegnati ed incisi dal Cav. Gio. Batt. Piranesi

series (translated): Vases, candelabra, grave stones, sarcophagi, tripods, lamps, and ornaments designed and etched by Cavalieri Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Artist

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778)

Date

1778

Medium

etching on paper

Catalogue Raisonné

Wilton-Ely II.1016.938

Dimensions (H x W x D)

plate: 20 9/16 in x 14 7/8 in; sheet: 27 11/16 in x 19 7/8 in

Collection Area

Graphic Arts

Category

Prints

Object Type

intaglio print

Culture

Italian

Credit Line

Gift of Henrietta E. Failing

Accession Number

16.4.9

Copyright

public domain

Terms

etching

Gifts from the Failing Family

intaglio printing

intaglio prints

paper

satyrs

Description

Architect and artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi devoted his life to studying ancient temples, sculptures, and objects unearthed in Rome, which he recorded in hundreds of beautifully rendered etchings. These sheets—created at the end of his life and probably completed by his son—come from a series devoted to the decorative arts. Fauns, satyrs, and other mythological creatures adorn these two vases, adding a playful touch to these monumental urns.

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