Differentes Vues De Quelques Restes De Trois Grandes Edifices Qui Subsistent Encore Dans Le Milieu De L'Ancienne Ville De Pesto Autrement Possidonia Qui Est Située Dans La Luganie

RA Collection: Book

Record number



[Roma:: 1778.]

Physical Description

t.-pl. (dble.), 20 dble pl.; 557 mm. (Broadsheet).

Responsibility Note

Plates 1-18 are signed as made by Cav. Piranesi (i.e. G.B. Piranesi); the title-plate and plates 19, 20, are signed as made by Franciscus Piranesi.


National Gallery (Washington), Mark J. Millard, 4 (2000), 97; RIBA, Early printed, 3 (1999), 2555; Focillon 583-599; Hind, Piranesi, p. 87; Piranesi: complete etchings, 717-737; Wilton-Ely, Catalogue, 321-326. See also R. Pane, 'Piranesi a Paestum', in A. Bettagno, ed., Piranesi tra Venezia e l'Europa (1983), p. 377-88; A. Bettagno, ed., Piranesi: incisioni, rami, legature architetture ( 1978); J. Scott, Piranesi (1975).

On Paestum and the Greek Revival see J. Raspi Serra, Paestum idea e immagini: antologia di testi critici e di immagini di Paestum 1750-1836 [1990]; J.R. Serra, ed., Paestum and the Doric Revival 1750-1830 [exhibition catalogue] (1986); S. Lang, 'The early publications of the temples at Paestum', in J. Warburg & Courtauld Inst., 13:1-2 (1950 Jan-Jun), p.48-64.

Summary Note

The date of publication is not engraved in the work; but Francesco Piranesi in his catalogue of his own and his father's work states that it was published in 1778, and this is known to be the date of the papal imprimatur.

Each plate carries an engraved caption in French.

Fifteen of Piranesi's drawings for this suite are now in the the Sir John Soane's Museum, London.

The ruins at Paestum had earlier been descibed in Suite de plans des trois temples antiques à Paestum (1764, with engravings by Dumont after Soufflot) and The ruins of Paestum (1768, with engravings by Thomas Major after Soufflot and others).


Recorded in RAA Library, Catalogue, 1802.

Binding Note

19th-century half morocco, brown cloth-covered boards, brown morocco spine-label lettered 'Piranesi - Edifices De Pestum', spine lettered 'R.A.'

Name as Subject


Architecture, Greek - Temples, Greek - Ruins - Italy - Campania - Paestum - Pesto - History
Views - Vedute - Italy - 18th century
Pictorial works - Italy - 18th century


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