18thC.  Guiseppe Vasi

 Giovanni-Battista Piranesi                      Veduta di Roma                       Guiseppe Vasi    

Giuseppe Vasi (27 August 1710 – 16 April 1782) 

Italian engraver and architect, best known for his vedute.He was born in Corleone, Sicily and later moved to Rome. From 1746 to 1761 he published a series of engravings of vedute of Rome. He also created 15 tablet engraving of opera scenes designed by Vincenzo Re; some of which are part of the collection at the Victoria and Albert Museum in London. His pupils include Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Piranesi worked together with him on the Vedute and some are signed both by Vasi and Piranesi

Roma Antica

Vasi published between 1746 and 1761 ten books of etchings showing the monuments of Rome.At that time, with the completion of Fontana di Trevi, of Porto di Ripetta and of the Spanish Steps, the whole period of Baroque in Rome was coming to an end. In a few years a wave of neoclassical revival will progressively criticize and despise the works of Bernini, Borromini and their followers. Giovan Battista Piranesi, who started working with Vasi, privileged the views of the Roman ruins, but Vasi was perfectly happy with "modern" Rome. An architect himself he paid attention to all the details of the churches and the palaces he showed in his etchings.The Books are organized by subjects (gates, churches, palaces, villas, etc

S.Maria in Trastevere

Seminario di S. Pietro in Vaticano

Chiesa di S.Lucia alla Botteghe oscure

Giardino Pontificio sul Quirinale

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