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Ruins of a Covered Portico in a Villa of Domitian

Italian 18th-century master-printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi was famous for his images of classical and baroque Rome. This video series, 'Piranesi's people', reveals the details and meaning behind the figures depicted in prints featured in the Library's exhibition Rome: Piranesi's vision.

In this video, exhibition curator Dr Colin Holden discusses how the ruined villa in this print, Avanzi d’un portico coperto, o criptoportico in una Villa di Domiziano (Ruins of a Covered Portico in a Villa of Domitian), represents the folly and delusive nature of unrestrained ambition and power.

Watch the other videos in this 11-part series: