Giuseppe Vasi

Giuseppe Vasi (1710-1782) was a prominent printmaker of topographical plans and views and a forerunner of Piranesi.

Vasi was born in Palermo but spent most of his career working in Rome, where he moved around 1736. He was undoubtedly the major topographical etcher of his generation (i.e. before Piranesi). Among his most notable accomplishments were the 204 plates created for the ten volumes of the ‘Magnificenze‘, published between 1747 and 1761 (and reprinted in 1786, 1803, and 1815). Vasi was also behind many of the ‘Chinea’ plates and an enormous multi-sheet view of Rome from 1765.

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