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View of the Site of the Ancient Roman Forum
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12018-11-12T15:37:39-08:00View of the Site of the Ancient Roman Forum14Veduta del Sito, ov’era l’antico Foro Romanoplain2020-09-19T16:36:36-07:00ITALIAN: Title: Veduta del Sito, ov’era l’antico Foro Romano. Key: 1. Fenili in questo Luogo erano situati i Rostri. 2. Altro luogo, ove poi furono trasportati da Cesare. 3. San Teodoro in questo sito furono trovati Romolo e Remo portati qui dal Tevere presso al Fico Ruminale. 4. Monte Palatino coi Vestigj del Palazzo di Cesare. 5. Santa Maria Liberatrice. 6. Colonne del Tempio di Giove Statore. 7. Vasca di Granito orientale tutta d’un pezzo di estraordinaria grandezza in questo sito eravi la voragine di Curzio. 8. Monte Aventino. 9. Acqua che scorre nella Cloaca massima. Tutta questa parte memorabile nella Storia Romana particolarmente per li Rostri, da quali si perorava al Popolo, si esponevano i Capi degli uccisi, o proscritti, come fu la Veste insanguinata di Cesare da Marcantonio, la testa e mano di Cicerone, ecetera e finalmente presso quali seguirono fatti sanguinosi tra Cittadini Romani. Signature: Presso l’Autore Signature 2: Piranesi Architetto fec(it). ENGLISH: Title: View of the Site of the Ancient Roman Forum. Key: 1. Stalls, the Rostra were situated on this site 2. Another site where the Rostra were located that were then moved by Caesar 3. San Teodoro, in this site Romulus and Remus were found, brought here from the Tiber to the Ficus Ruminalis 4. Palatine Hill with the Ruins of the Palace of Caesar 5. Santa Maria Liberatrice 6. Columns of the Temple of Jupiter Stator. 7. Fountain of oriental Granite, made all of one piece of extraordinary size, on this site there was the Lake of Curtius 8. Aventine Hill 9. Water that flows to the Cloaca Maxima. All this area, memorable in Roman History particularly for the Rostra, from which one would advocate causes to the People, they displayed the heads of those who were killed, or outlawed, for example the bloodied robe of Caesar by Marc Anthony, the head and hand of Cicero, etcetera, and finally, where bloody deeds between Roman Citizens took place. Signature: Published by the Author. Signature 2: Made by the Architect Piranesi.
In the View of the Ancient Roman Forum Piranesi ostensibly provides another close-up view of the famous site. However, the particular use of ancient in the title not only distinguishes it from the other types of views in the volume, but also declares the subject of the print: the history of the space. While viewers observe the modern eighteenth-century forum in image, in words, Piranesi illuminates one of the most gruesome and “memorable” episodes of Roman history – the execution of orator and politician Cicero. The rhetorician was publicly executed following the assassination of Caesar on the rostrum (labeled 1 in the key), or raised platform on which orators and magistrates gave speeches. In the very same place that Cicero “had flung forth his stunning eloquence” (Boswell, On the Grand Tour, 60), his severed head and hand were made a public spectacle by his executioners.
To see this image in Vedute di Roma, vol 17 of Piranesi's Opere, click here.