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Another View of the Façade of the Pronaos

The so-called “basilica” at Paestum was a century older than the Temple of Neptune and more ruined, although still one of the best-preserved examples of sixth-century Greek architecture.

As in most of the prints in this series, Piranesi combined the intimacy of a close perspective with the brooding, almost crushing quality of dark and somber forms. Striking effects of light and texture also suggest the gravity of archaic Greek edifices and the ravages of time.

Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Italian, 1720–1778
Another View of the Façade of the Pronaos, Plate 6 from Different Views…of Paestum
1778
Etching on paper
Image: 19 3/16 x 27 ¾ in. (48.7 x 70.5 cm); plate: 19 ¼ x 28 ¼ (48.9 x 71.8 cm); sheet: 22 ¼ x 31 5/8 in. (56.5 x 80.3 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Collection of Diether Thimme, 98.278.5