This image is the last and one of the most famous of several prints Piranesi made of St. Peter’s Basilica. It is a remarkably rendered bird’s-eye view of St. Peter’s church and the enormous elliptical piazza that stretches out before it. By distorting the scale and perspective of the square and the colonnade that defines it, Piranesi conveys Bernini’s intention for the space to enclose the visitor within “the material arms of Mother Church.”
Current Location:In Storage
- Piranesi’s Views of Rome, curated by Madeleine Viljoen, La Salle University Art Museum, June 22-September 1, 2007.
- Selected European and American Prints, Drawings and Watercolors, 15th to 20th Century, Curated by Caroline Wistar, La Salle University Art Museum, Fall 2001.
- Piranesi’s Roman Basilicas: A Virtual Pilgrimage, La Salle University Art Museum, November 22, 1999 – January 30, 2000.
Dimensions: 19 1/2 x 28 in. (49.5 x 71.1 cm)
Dimensions: 24 x 30 in. (61 x 76.2 cm)
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