PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista
(b. 1720, Mestre, d. 1778, Roma)
The Tomb of the Istacidi, Pompeiic. 1777
Pencil, reed pen, black ink, 805 x 1123 mm
Statens Museum for Kunst, Copenhagen
During the 1770s Piranesi visited Pompeii on several occasions. A total of twelve Piranesi drawings showing various locations in Pompeii survive today. The scene depicted here is located close to the Herculaneum gates and can still be found today. Everything is, however, rather more modest in appearance than this drawing would indicate.