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Colin Holden on Piranesi's 'View of St Paul Outside-the-Walls'

Speaker(s): Dr Colin Holden

  • Date recorded: 23 Mar 2014

  • Duration: 03:51

'Piranesi highlights the timbered ceiling and the layout of this church, with its wide central nave and narrower aisles'

- 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 talks about the broad array of visitors Piranesi included in his detailed architectural portrait of a grand pilgrimage church, Spaccato interno della basilica di S Paolo fuori delle Mura (Internal View of St Paul Outside-the-Walls).

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.