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View of the Cardinal Albani’s Villa

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.

In this video, exhibition curator Dr Colin Holden discusses how Piranesi’s marriage to the daughter of a gardener may have influenced his inclusion of ground staff amongst the well-to-do visitors in this print of Cardinal Albani’s villa.

Watch the other videos in this 11-part series: