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Prints and Drawings
Engraver: Carlo Nolli, Italian, 1710–1785
Etcher: Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, 1720–1778
After: Giovanni Battista Nolli, Italian, 1701–1756

Nuova pianta di Roma (New Plan of Rome), after Giovanni Battista Nolli (Italian, 1701–1756)

1743 (?), published 1748

Etching and engraving

platemark: 47 × 68.8 cm (18 1/2 × 27 1/16 in.)
The Arthur Ross Collection
One of the most extraordinary visual documents from eighteenth-century Italy is this engraved map of Rome published in 1748, on twelve separate plates intended to be joined together, following designs by the surveyor Giovanni Battista Nolli. Twelve years in preparation, the map covers eight square miles of the city. Antique monuments such as the Colosseum, the Pantheon, columns, arches, and baths are shown, as well as every church and palazzo, every garden and fountain, and every bridge, each of which is numbered on the map and identified in an accompanying index. Until the middle of the twentieth century, it was the most accurate map of Rome in existence.
Made in Italy
18th century
Works on Paper - Prints

William H. Schab Gallery, New York; Arthur Ross Foundation, New York, to 2012; Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven, Conn.

Note: This electronic record was created from historic documentation that does not necessarily reflect the Yale University Art Gallery’s complete or current knowledge about the object. Review and updating of such records is ongoing.