Le Rovine del Castello dell'Acqua Giulia (The Ruins of the Fountainhead of the Aqua Giulia) Artist: Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778)


Prints and Drawings

Of Giovanni Battista Tiepolo’s seven children to survive to adulthood, two became artists, Giovanni Domenico, born in 1727, and Lorenzo Baldissera, born in 1736. Lorenzo produced only eleven prints, all following designs by his father. The etching styles of the three Tiepolos are similar, but Lorenzo’s prints have a somewhat more tactile, velvety quality. Arthur Ross’s acquisition of this print with a subject from the great epic Gerusalemme liberata by Torquato Tasso is a harbinger of Ross’s interest in prints illustrating scenes from literature, which is strongly manifested in the French works in the collection. The painting of the subject by Giovanni Battista is in the Art Institute of Chicago.




book: 22 11/16 × 17 1/2 × 9/16 in. (57.7 × 44.4 × 1.5 cm)

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The Arthur Ross Collection

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18th century


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William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.
  • Suzanne Boorsch et al., Meant to Be Shared: The Arthur Ross Collection of European Prints (New Haven, Conn.: Yale University Art Gallery, 2015), 27, fig. 15
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