Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Veduta del Tempio di Giove Tonante (View of the temple of Jupiter Tonans), 1756
Etching and engraving
Taschen 920; Focillon 819; Wilton-Ely 182; Hind 44 iii/VI, with the address and price present, as well as parallel lines of shading on the lower left wall. From the series "Vedute di Roma." From the first Roman edition. Signed in plate lower right: "Piranesi Archit. dif. ed inc."; titled in plate lower center: "Veduta del Tempio Giove Tonante". With extensive inscriptions in plate. The paper is a Roman style paper, significantly thicker than that used in the Paris editions. With lifetime fleur-de-lys watermark similar to Robison 33, in use from 1760-1761, or Hind 3, which he associates with lifetime impressions. A fine impression with very strong contrasts, in fine condition, with centerline crease as issued. Sheet measures 21 1/8 x 30 3/8 inches.