Veduta della Facciata di dietro della Basilica di S. Maria Maggiore (View of the Façade at the Back of the Basilica of Santa Maria Maggiore), from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome) is a First Paris Edition. This is a rare print. It contains the watermark which appears to represent this print as a rejected proof. There is a crease down the center and on the left side, it needs to be cleaned. It is a crisp clear image by Piranesi.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi ( 1720 -1778 ) was a printmaker, draughtsman, art theorist and architect. One of the greatest printmakers of the eighteenth century Piranesi’s many varied series of Roman architecture, ancient Roman and Baroque prisons and fantastical architectural interpretations had a great influence on many of the movements in art including Neo-Classicism, Romanticism and Surrealism. He was a technical master in the art of drawing and intaglio printing and his works are in some of the greatest museums and private collections all over the world.