Veduta della Piazza di Monte-cavallo.
In Roma presso Giac. Antonelli alle Convertite No. 179. B. e in Piazza di Sciarra No. 233.
Engraving with very large margins. 290 x 340mm (11½ x 13½").
A view from the Quirinal Hill, with the two colossal marble statues of the 'Horse Tamers' (which gave the Quirinal its medieval name, Monte Cavallo), with the obelisk from the Mausoleum of Augustus between them. The figures are usually identified as the 'Dioscuri' (twins Castor and Pollux), but an alternative theory is that it is a double representation of Alexander and his horse Bucephalus. Either way, the inscriptions 'Opus Phidiae' (shown here) and 'Opus Praxiteles' ('the work of Phidias & Praxiteles) are discredited. Their size prevented them being looted by Napoleon
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