The Tomb of the Istacidi, Pompeii  1778

by Giovanni Battista Piranesi

[i]Drawing. Pencil, reed pen, black ink. 515x775 mm.[/i] [br] During the 1770s Piranesi visited Pompeii on several occasions. Perhaps he intended to publish a large-scale illustrated volume about this ancient city, buried under four or five metres of ashes since Vesuvius erupted in 79 AD and until excavations began in 1748. [b]12 drawings from Pompeii[/b] A total of t...
Courtesy of the National Gallery of Denmark