Luigi Rossini (1790-1857)

Luigi Rossini (1790 - 1857)
Italian artist, best known for his etchings of ancient Roman architecture.
Rossini was born in Ravenna, and studied at the Academy of Bologna with Antonio Giuseppe Basoli and Giovanni Antonio Antolini, graduating in 1813 as an architect and artist.
Like his predecessor Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Rossini focused on extant antique Roman architecture and excavations in Rome and its environs, and rendered in exquisite detail classical architecture of Rome and its surrounding countryside. In contrast to Piranesi, he made greater use of the bucolic settings in his etchings of Roman ruins. His images of the architectural masterpieces of ancient Rome, including the Pantheon, the Coliseum, the Appian Way, the Temple of Peace, and the Golden House of Nero, have greatly influenced architects, artists, writers, and other connoisseurs of Roman culture up to the present day.
Hind stated the mantle of Piranesi fell upon Rossini. His etchings were characterized in an article in the periodical 'The Connoisseur' (1913 Vol. 35 p.101), as being "vigorous, convincing and imaginative." The shear complexity of producing plates of buildings, ruins, gardens and monuments of this size, with this abundance of architectural scale and contrasting human detail, engraved/etched by hand in reverse into copper, then inking and hand printing, almost boggles the 21st century mind and should be appreciated as truly the work of a masterful artist.

His first series of views were published in 1814. He began his Roman antiquities series in 1819, completing 101 large folio plates which were published in Rome in 1825.

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