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Front View of the Column of Marcus Aurelius (Veduta del Prospetto Principale della Colonna Antonia), Part 1 from Base

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

European Art

MEDIUM Engraving
DATES 1774–1779
DIMENSIONS Sheet: 22 1/4 x 31 1/4 in. (56.5 x 79.4 cm) Image: 21 7/8 x 18 3/4 in. (55.6 x 47.6 cm)
INSCRIPTIONS The inscription on the base indicates that this is the column built by Pope Sixtus V to purify all impiety with a gilded bronze statue of St. Paul the Apostle; on top dated 1589 the 4th year of Sixtus V's Papacy. Also explanatory text is provided for each band of the column's relief scenes. Dimensions are also indicated.
CREDIT LINE Brooklyn Museum Collection
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
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