Veduta della Basilica di S. Paolo fuor della mura (St. Paul's Outside the Walls), from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome)
16 x 24 1/4 in. (40.6 x 61.6 cm)
Giovanni Battista Piranesi,
Medium and Support:
See the interpretive label written by Daniel Luchay, M.A., M.S., Adjunct Professor, Department of Mathematics
, for the exhibition Teaching and Learning in the Art Museum: La Salle University Faculty Selections
in the online exhibition HERE
. After his execution, St. Paul was buried in a cemetery on the site of this church, St. Paul’s outside the city walls. Before the church was built, a shrine marked the spot where St. Paul died and to which many early Christians came to venerate the Apostle. The first church was built on the site by Emperor Constantine and was consecrated in 324. Much of the structure seen in this print dates much later, however, to architectural interventions undertaken by popes in the fifteenth, sixteenth and seventeenth centuries.