[The Vaticano Obelisk.]
Engraving. 490 x 360mm (19¼ x 14¼"). Wide margins ragged, creased in middle as normal.
The Vaticano Obelisk, the centrepiece of the St. Peter's Square, with the Basilica behind. An Egyptian obelisk of unknown origin (lacking hieroglyphics), the obelisk was moved first to Alexandria around 30–28 BC by the Roman Prefect, then to Rome by Caligula in AD37. Having been placed in Nero's circus, it was moved to Saint Peter's Square by Pope Sixtus V in 1586, making it the first monumental obelisk raised in the modern period. The only obelisk in Rome that has not fallen since Roman times, it is topped by a gilt ball once believed to contain the ashes of Julius Caesar.
[Ref: 28666] £380.00