Giovanni Battista PIRANESE (Piranesi) (Mogliano... - Lot 22 - Drouot Estimations

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Giovanni Battista PIRANESE (Piranesi) (Mogliano... - Lot 22 - Drouot Estimations
Giovanni Battista PIRANESE (Piranesi) (Mogliano 1720-Rome 1778) Inside a palace with a triumphal arch. Pen, brown ink and brown wash. Glue on sheet by the corners. 15.3 x 21.5 cm. Annotated on the reverse side in the lower part with the pen "Piranesi's drawing signed by himself that Clerisseau gave me in Rome in 1765. B Duvivier". Accident trace at the top left and around the perimeter, small tear at the bottom left and towards the middle. A sentence on the reverse side with a pen and brown ink in Italian in the upper part, signed Giov. Piranesi, evokes the name of Cleriso (Clérisseau). Origin: 1 - Charles-Louis Clérisseau (1721-1820); 2 - Benjamin Duviver (1730-1819)? We can compare our Palace Interior of G. B. Piranese with three drawings preserved in London at the British Museum: Palace and triumphal arch (No. 1908-6-126-11), Temple Interior (idem 16-9), Stairs in a vast building, filled with urns and sarcophagi (1840-3-14-159) (Catalogue of the exhibition Piranese and the French. 1740-1790; n° 145, 147 & 151; pp. 271 & following - Rome, Dijon, Paris 1976). Similarly, the Interior of a basilica with its curious sequence of rounded vaults and stairs in opposition to the Asmoleum Museum in Oxford, or the Palace Interior with its trophy in backlight, sketched in a single stroke, of the Bologna Municipal Library, offer many similarities with the Caprice reproduced above (Cf. Turin Exhibition Catalogue, G. B Piranesi, Aquaforti E Disegni; n° 189, pp. 52 & ill.114No. 191, p. 52, ill. 116-December 1961-January 1962)
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