There are 2 other images of this object. This object has no known copyright, and as such we offer a high-resolution image of it. See our image rights statement.

 

See more objects with the color lightgrey darkslategrey dimgrey grey or see all the colors for this object.

This object is the first item in a set that contains 3 objects.

Object Timeline

1956

  • We acquired this object.

2006

2015

2019

  • You found it!

Book, Frontispiece, with Dedication to Robert Adam, in Il Campo Marzio dell'Antica Roma, 1762

This is a Book. It was created by Giovanni Battista Piranesi and published by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. It is dated 1762 and we acquired it in 1956. Its medium is etching with engraving, original covers of blue board on cream laid paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

Ruins and decay are dominant themes in this frontispiece for Campus Martius (Campo Marzio in Italian), a publication by the Italian designer and architect Giovanni-Battista Piranesi that reconstructed the ancient historic area on the left bank of the Tiber. The publication was first announced in 1756 but was finally published in 1762. The first edition has two title pages, one in Latin and one in Italian. Piranesi’s name, the title, and the date of the publication are carved into the massive stele. This giant stone slab is reminiscent of Piranesi’s etchings of the Severan Marble Plans. These were published in his Antichità Romane (1756) and were copies of the now fragmented map of Rome that were carved on marble slabs in third century CE. Fragmentation would become a key visual strategy in Piranesi’s imaginary and observed views of ancient and contemporary Rome. In front is a ruined column, upon which is a dedication to the Scottish architect Robert Adam with whom Piranesi formed a close friendship after meeting in Rome during the 1750s. Adam, who is known as the pioneer of neoclassical style in England, particularly encouraged Piranesi’ project, which re-imagined imperial Rome by combining artistic imagination and archeological and historical evidences.

Its dimensions are

Volume (cover dimensions): 58.1 x 43.5 cm (22 7/8 x 17 1/8 in.) Sheet: 57 x 42 cm (22 7/16 x 16 9/16 in.) Platemark: 51.8 x 34.8 cm (20 3/8 x 13 11/16 in.)

It is inscribed

Inscribed in plate, on stone slab: IOANNIS / BAPTISTAE / PIRANESII / ANTIQVAR / ORVM / REGIAE . SOCIETATIS / LONDINENSIS / SO CII / CAMPVS MARTIVS / ANTQVAE / VRBIS / ROMAE . MDCCLXII ; on column: ROBERT / ADAMS / BRITANN[...] / [...] EBER RIM [...]; lower margin: Veneunt apud Auctorem in aedibus Comitis Thomati via Felici prope templum SS. Trinitatis in Monte Pincio.

Cite this object as

Book, Frontispiece, with Dedication to Robert Adam, in Il Campo Marzio dell'Antica Roma, 1762; Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778); Italy; etching with engraving, original covers of blue board on cream laid paper; Volume (cover dimensions): 58.1 x 43.5 cm (22 7/8 x 17 1/8 in.) Sheet: 57 x 42 cm (22 7/16 x 16 9/16 in.) Platemark: 51.8 x 34.8 cm (20 3/8 x 13 11/16 in.); 1956-15-1

This object may be subject to Copyright or other restrictions.

You are welcome to make fair use of this image under U.S. Copyright law and in compliance with our terms of use. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://www-6.collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18407291/ |title=Book, Frontispiece, with Dedication to Robert Adam, in Il Campo Marzio dell'Antica Roma, 1762 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=19 October 2019 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>