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Remains of the Temple Said to Be of Apollo in Hadrian’s Villa
Avanzi del Tempio detto di Appollo nella Villa Adriana vicino a Tivoli
Title: Avanzi del Tempio detto di Appollo nella Villa Adriana vicino a Tivoli Signature: Cavalier Piranesi inc(idit).
Title: Remains of the Temple said to be of Apollo in Hadrian’s Villa. Signature: Made by the Knight Piranesi.
this ruin in this way is to acknowledge the ongoing process of archaeological study, which proceeds from visible remains whose purposes are unknown to delving below the surface in order to determine those purposes. That process—uncovering layers of architectural matter and accumulated rubble—is suggested by the different engraving techniques in this image that convey textural variety in exposed his use of the etching needle as a creative surgical tool” that allows him to lead his viewers, like an anatomist, to uncover the hidden past by cutting away the layers that remain (Stafford 1991, 57, 65).
To see this image in the Vedute di Roma, volume 17 of Piranesi’s Opere, click here.