'Is Piranesi suggesting that the world of his day is trivial, almost lost, in comparison with the grandeur of classical Rome?'
- 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 points out figures in the print Veduta della Piazza di Monte Cavallo (View of the Quirinal Palace Square) who represent the comparison between the classical Roman and the artist's 18th-century worlds.
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
- Portrait of Giovanni Battista Piranesi
- 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
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.