Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 'A View of the Piazza Navona on the Ruins of the Circus Agonalis

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 'A View of the Piazza Navona on the Ruins of the Circus Agonalis

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78)
'A View of the Piazza Navona on the Ruins of the Circus Agonalis, Rome'
1751
Etching (Piranesi List 29; Focillon 733; Hind 108, state I)
Museum no. CAI 916
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

Ionides possessed many superb prints from Piranesi's famous series Vedute di Roma. These early impressions, printed in Piranesi's lifetime, on heavy Italian paper and before the plates became worn, are particularly prized for their rich, black, deeply etched line. The view of Piazza Navona shows the church of Sant'Agnese to the left and Bernini's fountain of the Four Rivers in the centre.