Panoramic view of Rome from the Janiculum Hill. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.893:1, 2-2008

Panoramic view of Rome from the Janiculum Hill. Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.893:1, 2-2008

Panoramic view of Rome from the Janiculum Hill
Glass micromosaic
Antonio Testa (born 1785), after an etching of 1756 by Giuseppe Vasi (1710-82)
Rome, Italy
1800-25
Museum no. Loan:Gilbert.893:1, 2-2008

Reputed to have taken Antonio Testa 20 years to complete, this extraordinarily accurate depiction of Rome is taken from an etching of 1765 by Giuseppe Vasi, which was executed as part of a project to record all of the ancient and modern monuments of Rome. St. Peter's Basilica and the Vatican can be seen on the right of the panorama, and the Corsini Palace and gardens in the centre foreground. In the left foreground there is also a wolf suckling Romulus and Remus (the legendary founders of Rome), with figures in folk costume and ancient artefacts scattered across the foreground