Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Veduta dell’ Anfiteatro Flavio, detto il Colosseo (View of the Colosseum, or Flavian Amphitheatre), 1765–78 impression, etching and engraving, from Vedute di Roma, 1748–78, Rare Books collection
Facade conservation and repair works: Over the next few weeks there will be intermittent noise in the La Trobe Reading Room while work is carried out on the external walls. More information
Marvel at unforgettable images of classical and baroque Rome in this free exhibition of exquisite rare artworks from 18th-century Italian master-printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–78). This stunning exhibition highlights the grand churches, imposing palaces and monumental ruins of Rome. It also includes illustrated books and paintings by his contemporaries. Don’t miss the opportunity to see over 100 significant works, focusing on superb prints from his Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome).
This will be the largest exhibition of Piranesi’s work ever to be seen in Australia – don’t miss it!
Rome: Piranesi’s vision is curated by Dr Colin Holden, former Redmond Barry Fellow at the State Library of Victoria and currently a Senior Fellow of the School of Historical and Philosophical Studies, University of Melbourne. Presented by the State Library of Victoria in partnership with the University Library, University of Melbourne.
This free exhibition is open 10am–5pm daily (to 9pm Thursdays).
By Colin Holden. This gorgeous publication is the perfect accompaniment to the exhibition.
View our Rome: Piranesi's vision image gallery to see selected prints from the exhibition.
Watch the video series Piranesi's people by exhibition curator Colin Holden to learn more about the figures depicted in Piranesi's prints.
18 February – 24 May 2014
This exhibition at the Ian Potter Museum of Art explores the ongoing role of Piranesi’s work in the practice of Australian contemporary artists such as Bill Henson, Constanze Zikos and Rick Amor.
26 February – 30 April 2014
Be inspired by contemporary photographs of sites depicted in Piranesi's Vedute di Roma. This exhibition at the Italian Cultural Institute, featuring work by Italian photographer Graziano Panfili, provides a unique, dream-like interpretation of some of the most famous Roman monuments immortalised by Piranesi, as well as lesser-known and modern locations in and around the Eternal City.