'he showed his father as though he were an ancient Roman, in profile on part of a monument that had survived from the classical era'
- Dr Colin Holden
About this video
Italian 18th-century master-printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi was famous for his images of classical and baroque Rome. This 11-part video series reveals the details and meaning behind the figures depicted in prints featured in the Library's 2014 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 series:
- Printmaking in Piranesi’s time
- View of the Piazza di Spagna (the Spanish Steps)
- The Outlet of Lake Albano
- Temple of Antoninus and Faustina
- Internal View of St Paul Outside-the-Walls
- View of the Cardinal Albani's Villa
- View of the Customs House
- Ruins of a Covered Portico in a Villa of Domitian
- View of two churches near Trajan's Column
- View of the Quirinal Palace Square
Dr Colin Holden is a historian, curator and author. He was awarded the Redmond Barry Fellowship in 2010 to research the majestic works of 18th-century Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi and the associated 2014 State Library exhibition, Rome: Piranesi's vision.