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The Grand Tour: Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Vedute di Roma

This spring sees the opening of a unique exhibition of Piranesi prints which portray the splendour of Rome, home to the exiled Stuarts, as seen through the eyes of an 18th-century tourist

When you enter the world of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the grand master of 18th century engraving, you become lost – lost in an exquisite dream of thousands, hundreds of thousands, of lines magically working together to recreate the splendours and theatricality of historic Rome. However, the true splendour of Piranesi’s Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome) is best appreciated through looking at early editions of his prints, when the line of the copperplate etching is fresh and crisp and the level of detail is mesmerising. This is exactly what you can do at a new exhibition at Blairs Museum in Aberdeen with the display of 30 prints that are as fresh today as the day they were printed.

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The March/April issue of History Scotland is packed full of history, heritage and archaeology news, opinion, in-depth features and events. Highlights include: * Farming in 19th-century Fife * Mutiny in the East India Company * Medieval fishing rights on the River Forth * Splendours of the Subcontinent - new exhibition * Excerpts from a World War I diary

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