View of the Temple of ‘Juno’ at Paestum, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, c. 1775

View of the Temple of ‘Juno’ at Paestum, Giovanni Battista Piranesi, c. 1775

brush, h 465mm × w 675mm More details

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.

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