Colin Holden describes the aristocrats and Grand Tourists in Piranesi's print from Vedute di Roma.
History & politics53Collection insights44Exhibitions36Australian history32Artists & writers30art26Family History Feast24Culture18Popular culture18art & design18world of the book17printmaking15architecture14literature14Family history14WWI14military13Big ideas under the dome13illustration13war13world of the book12State Library Victoria12performance12Giovanni Battista Piranesi11children's books11Australian history11books11Rome: Piranesi's vision11family history feast10rare books9creative fellows8History of the book8family history7Writing the war7creative fellows7human rights7music7Foxcroft Lecture6education6library6literature6Library collections6cultural history6digital technology6fellowships6library fellowships6artists' books6WWII5social justice5Stephen Murray-Smith Memorial Lecture5poetry5Redmond Barry lecture5Poetry Slam5Victorian history5Melbourne5Multicultural history4Redmond Barry Lecture4performance4library fellowships4foxcroft lecture4Library collections4indigenous people4author in conversation4culture4history4Exhibition talks & tours4author in conversation4journalism4artists and writers4poetry slam3youth literature3persian manuscripts3culinary history3Don Grant Lecture3history of the book3gender issues3one object many stories3collections3Environment3Gusto!3genealogy3exhibitions3storytelling3Making Public Histories3Artists' books3food3literacy3Collection insights3art2pop culture2spoken word2rare books2music2food2design2book printing2books2Indigenous people2Law2web2White Night2State Library of Victoria2graphic design2foreign policy2social justice2library fellows2family history records2Ned Kelly2national security2interior design2health2diaries and manuscripts2Journalism2australian literature2popular culture2Indigenous Australians2India2Exhibitions & tours2fellowship2Gallipoli2Fromelles2world war one2
Browse our audio and video
Colin Holden reveals why Piranesi included ground staff amongst the well-to-do visitors in this print.
Colin Holden notes how this portrait of Piranesi as an ancient Roman reflected Piranesi's values.
Colin Holden explains how Piranesi’s exaggerated scale celebrates the ancient Romans’ engineering work.
Colin Holden highlights details from everyday life in this print from Piranesi's Vedute di Roma.
Colin Holden discusses how the ruined villa in this print by Piranesi represents the folly of unrestrained power.
Colin Holden provides insights into the activities of the people portrayed in this Piranesi print.
Colin Holden points out the visitors Piranesi brings to life in his print of this pilgrimage church.
Colin Holden contrasts the Grand Tourists and beggars seen in this print by Piranesi.
- 1 of 2