Piranesi as Designer
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design for decorative relief panel on the right-hand stela of the south wall, piazzale de’ cavalieri di malta, rome, ca. 1764–67

This design shows the complex blend of Maltese, Rezzonico, and Etruscan symbolism characteristic of Piranesi’s Aventine decorations. Among the most prominent items in this relief are the lyre, cameo, and shepherd’s pipes, which may have symbolized Etruscan connections with the early history of the Aventine Hill.