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PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista (1720--1778)
['Colonna eretta in memoria dell'apoteosi di Antonino Pio, e Faustina sua moglie ... sulla Piazza di Monte Citerio.' and 'Colonna Antonina']
[Rome]: [F. Piranesi], [1778 or 9].
[VII] etch. pl. (3 fold.) ; 76.5 cm. (1°)

According to Francesco Piranesi's not always reliable Catalogo (1792) this untitled supplement describing two further ancient Roman columns was added to the Trajan's Column series (i.e. the Trofeo o sia magnifica colonna coclide ... q.v.) in copies issued on or after 15 January 1779. Together they consist of seven plates, five of which (containing six images) are devoted to the 'Colonna eretta in memoria della Apoteosi di Antonino Pio' while the other two show the 'Colonna Antonina' erected in memory of Marcus Aurelius. It is not clear whether either or both series were ever issued separately, although the fact that in the Soane copy the 'Antonino Pio' plates (two of which, showing the two sides of the restored pedestal, are composite images made up from a combination of three different coppers) are numbered top right 'Tav. I (-V)' and the two Colonna Antonina plates are numbered 'Tav. VI (-VII)' in manuscript, suggests that it may represent just such an issue. For a clear account of the 'Antonino Pio' series see BAL, Early Printed Books, p. 1504; the plate showing the entire elevation of the Colonna Antonina ('Veduta del Prospetto della Colonna Antonina') is similar in format to that of Trajan's Column in that it is formed of six sheets pasted together. Although signed as by G.B. Piranesi, all the plates in these series were largely the work of Francesco and of studio assistants such as Vincenzo Dolcibene.

Copy Notes Bound (and probably issued) with a copy of Trofeo o sia magnifica colonna coclide ... (q.v.) dating from about 1790.

Binding C19th half diced calf, gilt roll-tooled borders, marbled-paper boards, marbled edges, gilt-tooled spine, gilt-lettered 'Piranesi / Vasi / E / Candelabri'. Bound uniformly with Vedute di Roma [1747--1787] (q.v.) and Vasi, candelabri, cippi ..., 1778--91 (q.v.).

Reference Number 6421


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