Rome: Piranesi's vision

Marvel at unforgettable images of classical and baroque Rome in this free exhibition of exquisite rare artworks from 18th-century Italian master-printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–78). This stunning exhibition highlights the grand churches, imposing palaces and monumental ruins of Rome. It also includes illustrated books and paintings by his contemporaries. Don’t miss the opportunity to see over 100 significant works, focusing on superb prints from his Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome). 

This will be the largest exhibition of Piranesi’s work ever to be seen in Australia ­– don’t miss it!

Rome: Piranesi’s vision is curated by Dr Colin Holden, former Redmond Barry Fellow at the State Library of Victoria and currently a Senior Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. Presented by the State Library of Victoria in partnership with the University Library, University of Melbourne.

Opening hours

This free exhibition is open 10am–5pm daily (to 9pm Thursdays).

More to explore

Piranesi's grandest tour: from Europe to Australia

By Colin Holden. This gorgeous publication is the perfect accompaniment to the exhibition. 

Image gallery

View our Rome: Piranesi's vision image gallery to see selected prints from the exhibition.


Watch the video series Piranesi's people by exhibition curator Colin Holden to learn more about the figures depicted in Piranesi's prints.

The Piranesi effect

18 February – 24 May 2014

This exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art explores the ongoing role of Piranesi’s work in the practice of Australian contemporary artists such as Bill Henson, Constanze Zikos and Rick Amor. 

A traveller's dream: Piranesi and Rome

26 February – 30 April 2014

Be inspired by contemporary photographs of sites depicted in Piranesi's Vedute di Roma. This exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute, featuring work by Italian photographer Graziano Panfili, provides a unique, dream-like interpretation of some of the most famous Roman monuments immortalised by Piranesi, as well as lesser-known and modern locations in and around the Eternal City.