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Colonna Antonina

RA Collection: Book

Record number



[Rome,: ], [ca. 1776]

Physical Description

[3] pl. [Pl. [1], [2] are printed on one sheet; pl.[3] is a large folded print, printed from 6 coppers]; 757 mm. (Broadsheet).

Responsibility Note

All three plates are signed as made by Cav. Piranesi.


National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard Architectural, 4 (2000), no. 96; Royal Institute of British Architects, British Architectural Library ... Early printed books, 3 (1999), no. 2567.

Summary Note

The title is from the caption of pl. [1]. A publication-date of 1776 is supplied by Francesco Piranesi's catalogue of 1792. This work, and the Colonna eretta in memoria dell'Apoteosi di Antonino Pio e Faustina (ca. 1779) form a sequel to Piranesi's Trofeo O Sia Magnifica Colonna Coclide ... Da Traiano (ca. 1774). The plates show the column of Marcus Aurelius:[1] elevations of the column as restored, before restoration, and as it may originally have looked, [2] a plan of the column, [3] a large, folding view of the column, showing the bas-reliefs of Marcus Aurelius's campaigns against the Germans and Sarmatians.


Acquired by 1802. Recorded in , Catalogue Of The Library In The Royal Academy, London (1802).

Binding Note

19th-century half morocco, green cloth-covered boards; spine lettered 'Trajan Column Piranesi R.A.' Bound with two others.

Name as Subject


Column of Marcus Aurelius (Rome) - Columns - Architecture, Roman - Sculpture, Roman - Bas-reliefs, Roman - Public sculpture, Roman - Outdoor sculpture, Roman - Monuments, Roman - National monuments, Roman - Narrative art - Italy - Rome - History - 2nd century
Rulers - Monarchs - Publicizing - Public relations - Italy - Rome - 2nd century
Romans - Germans - Campaigns - Military history - Germany - 2nd century
Art history - Archaeology - Plans - Elevations - Views - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century


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