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Colin Holden on Piranesi's 'Outlet of Lake Albano'

Speaker(s): Dr Colin Holden

  • Date recorded: 23 Mar 2014

  • Duration: 03:01

'This is one of many works by Piranesi in which he included human figures, in order to make a point'

- 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.

In this video, exhibition curator Dr Colin Holden describes how Piranesi's use of exaggerated scale in his print, Dimostrazioni dell’Emissario di lago Albano (The Outlet of Lake Albano), celebrates the great engineering work of the ancient Romans.

Watch the other videos in this series:


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.