Fragment of an ornamental pilaster with detail and a column found on the Tiber Island., 1773-78
Piranesi’s popular Vedute, which eclipsed earlier views of Roman landmarks through their composition, bold lighting effects, dramatic presentation and fantastical elements, shaped European conceptions to such an extent that Goethe, who had come to know Rome through Piranesi’s prints, was somewhat disappointed on his first encounter with the real thing.
The pilaster is in the Villa Medici; the column is in the Jenkins Collection.
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