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Remains of the portico of Gaius and Lucius

Remains of the portico of Gaius and Lucius

Artist: Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778)
Culture: Italian
Date: 1762
Medium: Etching on paper
Dimensions:
Image: 8 1/4 x 15 1/2 inches (21 x 39.4 cm)
Plate: 8 1/2 x 15 3/4 inches (21.6 x 40 cm)
Sheet: 9 5/8 x 15 13/16 inches (24.4 x 40.2 cm)
Mat: 27 15/16 x 21 15/16 inches (71 x 55.7 cm)
Classification: Print
Credit Line: Gift of George and Alice Welsh
Label Text:Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Italian, 1720-1778
Portico of Gaius and Lucius
Collection of the Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University
Gift of George and Alice Welsh, 2001.15.11


The work of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, printmaker, draftsman, architect and theorist, spread the fame of Rome's monuments and was central to the Neoclassical movement. His considerable corpus consists of some 2,000 plates, many of them dwelling on the mystery or romance of ancient ruins. Here, as typical of Piranesis's work, the heavy stonework contrasts with the overgrowth, the grandeur of ancient Rome with its contemporary poverty. The portico was built as a (double) triumphal arch but never served that purpose.

The early deaths of Gaius and Lucius, Augustus' s grandsons by his daughter Julia, left Augustus heirless until he adopted Tiberius (son of his second wife Livia by her previous marriage).

Object number: 2001.15.11
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