This antique print shows the Piazza di S. Giovanni in Laterano in Rome, Italy. The Cathedral of the Most Holy Savior and of Saints John the Baptist and the Evangelist in the Lateran, (Italian: Santissimo Salvatore e Santi Giovanni Battista ed Evangelista in Laterano) – also known as the Papal Archbasilica of St. John in Lateran, St. John Lateran, or the Lateran Basilica – is the cathedral church of Rome, Italy and therefore houses the cathedra, or ecclesiastical seat, of the Bishop of Rome (Pope).
Copperplate engraving/etching on Verge type hand laid paper paper.
Sheet size: 42 x 27,5 cm. Image size: 30 x 21,3 cm.
This scarce original antique print originates from: ‘Delle magnificenze di Roma antica e moderna’ by Giuseppi Vasi, published in Italy 1747 – 1761.
Made by ‘Giuseppi Vasi’ after own design. Giuseppe Vasi (27 August 1710 ? 16 April 1782) was an Italian engraver and architect, best known for his vedute. Vasi was a famous man and artist up to the 1760s, when Piranesi took definitively his place. Today Giuseppe Vasi is no longer considered Piranesi’s defeated rival, but an artist with his own personality and technique. Though far from being a revolutionary, he gave a significant contribution to the Roman school of engraving.
Condition: Very good, given age. An occasional minor spot in the margins. Minor crinkle. Original middle fold as issued. General age-related toning and/or occasional minor defects from handling. Please study scan carefully.