Basilica of St. Paul fouri le Mura . Beautiful etching of 1745-1765 . Measurement of the plate 21 x 32.5 cm . Represents the facade of the Basilica of St. Paul in Rome before the fire of 1823 , when the Basilica went largely destroyed and then rebuilt . In good condition , on laid paper without watermark . Engraved by Giuseppe Vasi . Painter, draftsman , architect , archaeologist , engraver etching and graver . Born in Corleone ( PA ) August 28, 1710 , died in Rome April 16 , 1782. After practicing painting in his country , came to Rome and was a pupil of Sebastiano Conca , PL Ghezzi and Juvara . Gained fame as a skillful engraver and worked for famous patrons like Ferdinando and Carlo III of Naples , Benedict XIV . It was an engraver of the court of Naples and knighted . His works are immortal engraved . He executed the paintings visible at the Palazzo Farnese and the Palace of Caprarola . Piranesi was his pupil .