Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 'A View of Santa Maria di Loreto and Il Nome di Maria

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 'A View of Santa Maria di Loreto and Il Nome di Maria

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78)
'A View of Santa Maria di Loreto and Il Nome di Maria, close to Trajan's Column, Rome'
1762
Etching (Piranesi List 30; Focillon 849; Hind 66, State II)
Museum no. CAI 920
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

Piranesi's images of 'modern' Rome powerfully suggest the scale and grandeur of the churches, palaces and public buildings erected in the Renaissance and Baroque eras. But many of the views also include scenes of the picturesque, bustling life of the city, details that had a souvenir appeal for visitors making the Grand Tour.