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Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s Vedute di Roma

Alison Burke presents a unique selection of Piranesi prints which portray the faded splendour of 18th-century Rome, at a time when it was home to the exiled Stuart court

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Prince Charles Edward Stuart, popularly known as the ‘young pretender’ or Bonnie Prince Charlie

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 ancient 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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About History Scotland

In the May/June issue of History Scotland we present the latest research from experts in the fields of Scottish history, heritage and archaeology, as well as news, opinion, book reviews and upcoming history events. Highlights include: · The tragic attempt by the tobacco heir David Guthrie Dunn to sail around the world in his small yacht, Southern Cross, in 1930 · A fresh contribution to the ongoing debate as to where the elusive abbey of Selkirk was situated during its brief existence in the early 12th century · A new study of the causes and consequences of the devastating famine of 1623 Plus: Family history advice, archaeology dig reports and finds analysis, National Records of Scotland column and lots more…