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Portrait of Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Italian 18th-century master-printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi was famous for his images of classical and baroque Rome. This video series, 'Piranesi's people', reveals the details and meaning behind the figures depicted in prints featured in the Library's exhibition Rome: Piranesi's vision.

Here, exhibition curator Dr Colin Holden explains how the portrait Piranesi's son Francesco created of his father as an ancient Roman reflected Piranesi's visual play and values.

Watch the other videos in this 11-part series: