Painter, architect, and printmaker
(1790 - 1857)
Luigi Rossini (1790–1857) was an Italian engraver and etcher whose work bridged the period between Neoclassicism and Romanticism. He is best known for his series of architectural folio plates done in Rome between 1817 and 1824. Born in Ravenna, Rossini studied at the Academy of Bologna where he specialized in architecture and art. He moved to Rome to continue his studies in 1813, but, unable to find success as an architect, he shifted his focus to printmaking. Rome had long been a center for vedute or topographical views created as souvenirs for pilgrims and tourists, and Rossini’s work drew inspiration from the great Italian print-maker Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778). Whereas Piranesi used his prints as a means of conveying scholarly information about the architecture and archaeology of Rome, Rossini’s works tended towards reportage and the picturesque. In this way, Rossini stands between the world of the topographical print and the coming age of photography.
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