• Art
  • Published 2015

Rome pictured as a world: on the function and meaning of the staffage in Giovanni Battista Piranesi's Vedute

@inproceedings{Verschaffel2015RomePA,
  title={Rome pictured as a world: on the function and meaning of the staffage in Giovanni Battista Piranesi's Vedute},
  author={Bart Verschaffel},
  year={2015}
}
This article analyses the vedute of Rome by Piranesi as a synthesis of the theatrical city view and the landscape format, introducing infinite distance in the representation of the city, and thereby picturing Rome as a 'world'. In the second part the function of the staffage, and in particular the presence of Piranesi's insectlike scare-men is investigated, and explained as a means to prevent spontaneous identification with the magnificence of ancient Rome.