View of the Temple of ‘Juno’ at Paestum, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, c. 1775
Piranesi is best known for his large prints of Rome and its surroundings, which were intended for sale to tourists. This drawing features a Greek temple in southern Italy. The composition was carefully thought out with a rhythmic succession of columns running diagonally across the picture plane. Emphasis was placed on light and dark effects and the irregular crumbling of the marble. Herders with cattle create a pastoral atmosphere.