The Basilica of Constantine

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778)

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The basilica begun by Maxentius and completed by Constantine in 313 A.D. was the last civic building added to the Roman Forum. As Piranesi's title relates, the basilica was popularly known as the Temple of Peace (Tempio della Pace), while Piranesi proposed instead the Study of Nero's Golden House (Tablino della Casa Aurea di Nerone). These misidentifications were not corrected until the nineteenth century.

Always informative, Piranesi indicates the spot (1) where a forty-five-foot marble column had stood until Pope Paul V removed it to the piazza in front of Santa Maria Maggiore in 1613.

Object Information

artist
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778)
creation date
1757
materials
etching and engraving
dimensions
16-1/2 x 21-3/4 in. (image)
17-3/8 x 22-1/2 in. (sheet)
series
Veduta di Roma (Views of Rome)
accession number
1986.109
credit line
Gift of Roman J. and Adell C. Radecki
copyright
Public Domain
collection
Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
colors

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