Luigi Rossini, like his predecessor Giovanni Battista Piranesi, focused on extant antique Roman architecture and excavations in Rome and its environs.
A master etcher and engraver, Rossini 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 (all of which are in our online inventory), have greatly influenced architects, artists, writers, and other connoisseurs of Roman culture up to the present day.
Luigi Rossini was born in Ravenna, Italy in 1790. He studied at the Academy of Bologna, graduating in 1813 as an architect and artist. His first series of views were published the following year. He began his Roman antiquities series in 1819, completing 101 large folio plates which were published in Rome in 1823.