Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 'A View of the Remains of the Second Storey of the Baths of Titus'

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 'A View of the Remains of the Second Storey of the Baths of Titus'

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-78)
'A View of the Remains of the Second Storey of the Baths of Titus'
1776
Etching (Piranesi List 109; Focillon 838; Hind 127, State I)
From Vedute di Roma, 1748-1778, Vol. II
Museum no. CAI 940
Bequeathed by Constantine Alexander Ionides

Piranesi, more than any other artist, created a romanticised image in the European mind of the ruins of ancient Rome as the remains of grandeur on a heroic scale. Archaeologists have subsequently identified this structure as being a part not of Titus's baths, but rather of those erected by the Emperor Trajan.