The Temple of Vespasian, 1756

  • Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, 1720-1778

Etching printed in black ink on laid paper

  • Plate: 15 3/4 × 23 1/2 inches (40 × 59.7 cm) Sheet: 17 3/4 × 25 5/8 inches (45.1 × 65.1 cm)

Gift of Mrs. James E. Scripps

09.1S865

Department

Prints, Drawings & Photographs

  • Exterior
  • People
  • Architecture
  • Etching (printing process)
  • Ink
  • Laid paper
  • Columns (architectural elements)
  • Ruins
  • Temple
  • Forum
  • Etching
  • Townscape (representation)
  • Italy
  • Rome

Inscribed, titled in plate, lower center: Vedute del Tempio di Giove Tonante Bottom left margin: [five lines of text] Bottom right margin: [three lines of text] Bottom right edge: Presso l'Autore a Strada Felice vicino alla Trinita de monti. A paoli due e mezzo. Lower right corner: Piranesi Archit. dis. ed inc.

November 1886, Leavitt Sale. 1909-present, gift to the Detroit Institute of Arts (Detroit, Michigan, USA)

Piranesi's Views of Rome. Exh. cat., University of Michigan-Dearborn. Dearborn, 1986, no. 5, p. 31 (ill.).

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, The Temple of Vespasian, 1756, etching printed in black ink on laid paper. Detroit Institute of Arts, Gift of Mrs. James E. Scripps, 09.1S865.