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Imaginary ancient temple designed in the style of those built in honor of the Goddess Vesta: in the center is the great altar on which the Vestal Virgins preserved the inextinguishable sacred fire...

Giovanni Battista Piranesicirca 1743

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

Los Angeles County Museum of Art

  • Title: Imaginary ancient temple designed in the style of those built in honor of the Goddess Vesta: in the center is the great altar on which the Vestal Virgins preserved the inextinguishable sacred fire...
  • Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
  • Date Created: circa 1743
  • Location: Italy
  • Physical Dimensions: Sheet: 18 1/16 x 13 3/4 in. (45.88 x 34.93 cm); plate: 16 x 10 3/16 in. (40.64 x 25.88 cm)
  • Medium: Etching with engraving and drypoint
  • Series Title: Prima Parte di Architetture e Prospettive, plate 15
  • Object Classification: Prints
  • Full Title: Imaginary ancient temple designed in the style of those built in honor of the Goddess Vesta: in the center is the great altar on which the Vestal Virgins preserved the inextinguishable sacred fire...
  • Curatorial Area: Prints and Drawings
  • Credit Line: Purchased with funds provided by Patricia and Michael Forman
  • Chronology: 1701-1750
  • Artwork Accession Number: AC1995.54.1.5
  • Alternative Titles: Tempio antico inventato e disegnato alla maniera di quelli che si fabbricavano in onore della Dea Vesta: quindi vedesi in mezzo la grand' Ara, sopra della quale conversavasi dalle Vergini Vestali l'inestinguibile fuoco sacro...

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