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Piranesi

Piranesi

I need to produce great ideas, and I believe that if I were commissioned to design a new universe, I would be mad enough to undertake it."

This statement by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, reported by one of his early biographers, in many ways sums up the man whose dreams of antiquity so often surpassed reality, from his earliest etchings of architectural fantasies to the fanciful restorations of ancient remains that he produced at the end of his career. One of the greatest printmakers of the eighteenth century, Piranesi always considered himself an architect


. The son of a stonemason and master builder, he received practical training in structural and hydraulic engineering from a maternal uncle who was employed by the Venetian waterworks, while his brother, a Carthusian monk, fired the aspiring architect with enthusiasm for the history and achievements of the ancient Romans. Piranesi also received a thorough background in perspective construction and stage design. Although he had limited success in attracting architectural commissions, this diverse training served him well in the profession that would establish his fame.

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  1. Giambattista Piranesi Le Vedute di Roma

    Giambattista Piranesi Le Vedute di Roma

    Giambattista Piranesi Le Vedute di Roma Learn More
    €84.63
  2. Piranesi Carceri   05 Lion Bas Reliefs

    Piranesi Carceri d'Invenzione 05 Lion Bas Reliefs

    Piranesi - Carceri d'Invenzione Lion Bas Reliefs Learn More
    €153.45
  3. Piranesi Carceri   01 Title Page
    €153.45
  4. Piranesi Carceri   02 The Man on the Rack

    Piranesi Carceri d'Invenzione 02 The Man on the Rack

    Piranesi - Carceri d'Invenzione Man on the Rack Learn More
    €153.45
  5. Piranesi Carceri   03 The Round Tower
    €153.45
  6. Piranesi Carceri   04 The Grand Piazza
    €153.45
  7. Piranesi Carceri   06 The Smoking Fire

    Piranesi Carceri d'Invenzione 06 The Smoking Fire

    Piranesi - Carceri d'Invenzione The Smoking Fire Learn More
    €153.45
  8. Piranesi Carceri   07 The Draw Bridge

    Piranesi Carceri d'Invenzione 07 The Draw Bridge

    Piranesi - Carceri d'Invenzione The Draw Bridge Learn More
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  9. Piranesi Carceri   08 The Staircase with Trophies

    Piranesi Carceri d'Invenzione 08 The Staircase with Trophies

    Piranesi - Carceri d'Invenzione Staircase with Trophies Learn More
    €153.45
  10. Piranesi Carceri   09 The Giant Wheel

    Piranesi Carceri d'Invenzione 09 The Giant Wheel

    Piranesi - Carceri d'Invenzione The Great Wheel Learn More
    €153.45

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