The Monumental Tablet (Plate 4 of the Grotteschi)

1747–48
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778)


Catalogue Raisonné

Hind, p. 81, no. 27; Focillon 23; Robison 24, ii/iv (Second Edition, First Issue, through Third Edition, First Issue, 1750-c. 1790); Ficacci 108

Dimensions

Sheet: 41.2 x 55.4 cm (16 1/4 x 21 13/16 in.) Platemark: 39 x 53.5 cm (15 3/8 x 21 1/16 in.)

Accession Number

P14049

Medium or Technique

Etching, engraving, drypoint, scratching

Not On View

Collections

Europe, Prints and Drawings

Classifications

Prints

Inscription

In plate, upper left, "UL: ...FOCLIE...A / ICHESTF... / ALLEGRAMENTA"

In plate, lower left, "Piranesi inv; incise, e vende di rimpelto / all'Accademia di Francia in Roma"

Markings

Verso, bottom left, stamped in red ink, the mark of Henry F. Sewall, New York (1816-1896)(Lugt 1309); verso, bottom right, stamped in violet ink, the mark of the MFA Harvey D. Parker Collection (Lugt 1870)

Provenance

Henry F. Sewall, New York (1816-1896)(Lugt 1309); purchased by MFA November 1897

Credit Line

Harvey D. Parker Collection—Harvey Drury Parker Fund