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Inscription

lower left in plate [on base of obelisk]: [illegible]...DOMINUM / DICI / VETVIT / ADORO; left center in plate [on wall]: 4; center left in plate [left of dome]: 1; center right [next to dome] 2; ceter left in plate next to obelisk]: 3; bottom margin in plate, Veduta della Facciata di dietro della Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore / 1. Cappella di Sisto V. 2.Cappella di Paolo V. 3.Obelisco ritrovato fra le rovione del Mausoleo d'Augusto, e fatto quivi trasportare ed erigere da Sisto V. 4. Villa Montalto / Giov. Battista Piranesi Architetto dis. ed inc.; by artist, lower right, in pen and brown ink: a. III; by later hand, lower left, in graphite: A 10960 H10 I; by later hand, lower right, in graphite, 15; by later hand, verso upper right, in graphite: 2370A; by later hand, lower left verso, in graphite: A10960; by later hand, lower right, in graphite: AE4765

Provenance

Vincent Price, Los Angeles, until 1968 [according to label on back of frame]; Ted Cooper, Washington, DC; gift to NGA 2012.

Bibliography
1918
Focillon, Henri. Giovanni-Battista Piranesi; essai de catalogue raisonne de son oeuvre. Paris: Librairie Renouard, Henri Laurens, 1918, no. 787.
1922
Hind, Arthur M. Giovanni Battista Piranesi; a critical study with a list of his published works and detailed catalogues of the prisons and the views of Rome. London: Cotswold Gallery; New York: E. Weyhe, 1922.