Photograph by Richard Nowitz; all etchings the property of St. Luke’s Gallery, Washington D.C.

The Tempio della Tosse may have belonged to the Turcias, a family in Tivoli, east of Rome. Piranesi also made engravings of the Tivoli gardens built by Hadrian (117–138 A.D.). “These speaking ruins,” Piranesi wrote, “have filled my mind with images.”