barber institute of fine arts
university of birmingham


Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)

The Palazzo della Sacra Consulta

1752

Etching with engraving

405 x 610 mm

 

This print shows the façade of a palace in central Rome designed by Ferdinando Fuga in 1732 for Pope Clement XII, which housed the papal tribunal, termed the Consulta. The building is now used as the Supreme Court of Italy. Piranesi was a highly influential figure in the field of topographical illustration. He worked in Rome between 1740 and 1755 making intricately detailed architectural studies that reflect his superb knowledge of perspective.

Purchased 1939 (No.39.18)

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