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Dopo il trattato de' Ponti, e dell'Isola Tiberina segue la dimostrazione de' Teatri, e particolarmente del vicino Teatro di Marcello... [After the consideration of bridges and the Tiber Island there follows an examination of theaters, and particularly of
52.8 cm x 37.4 cm (20 13/16 in. x 14 3/4 in.)
Giovanni Battista Piranesi
(Mogliano (Treviso), Italy, 1720 - 1778, Rome)
Medium and Support:
Blanton Museum of Art, The University of Texas at Austin, Gift of Alvin Romansky, 1991
The Theater of Marcellus, one of the earliest stone theaters in Rome, was constructed by Augustus and dedicated to the memory of his nephew Marcellus in 13 B.C. The materials are travertine on the exterior, and large tufa blocks and concrete vaults on the interior. It is considered to have influenced the design of the Colosseum.
This print shows the plan of the seating zones: annular corridor (C), stairs (E), passageway for the senators (F), orchestra (G), cages of animals destined for spectacle (H).