Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78)
'A View of the Upper Parts of the Ruins of the Baths of Diocletian'
Etching (Piranesi List 105; Focillon 833; Hind 115, State I)
From Vedute di Roma, 1748-1778, Vol. II
Museum no. CAI 939
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides
This view shows the well-preserved remains of the south wall of the interior of the frigidarium (cold room) of Diocletian's baths. Piranesi emphasises the dramatic scale of the structure, the largest of the imperial baths. Completed in 306 AD, the baths remained in use for over two hundred years, until the Goths severed the aqueducts that supplied the city in 537.