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Veduta della Porta dell'antica Pompei

Francesco Piranesi (c. 1756–1810)

Italian, Neoclassical
66.04 cm x 87.63 cm (26 in. x 34 1/2 in.)
ink on paper

Not on view


Francesco Piranesi, the son of the famous Giovanni Battista Piranesi, collaborated with the French artist Louis-Jean Desprez on a series of hand-colored views of Naples, Rome, and Pompeii, which were advertised in 1783. The series was not completed before Desprez left Rome, and Piranesi reissued the existing series in 1789 without coloring. This engraving depicts Pompeii’s Herculaneum Gate, which originally had three arches, and the Street of Tombs.

J. Carder

Exhibition History
"Seldom Seen," Dumbarton Oaks, Washington, D.C., April 21, 2014.

House Collection