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Piranesi

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, famous for his etchings of Rome and of fictitious and atmospheric "prisons" (Le Carceri d'Invenzione), was born in Veneto, the Republic of Venice in a family of stonemasons and architects. He was apprenticed of his uncle, who was a leading architect in Magistrato delle Acque, the state organization responsible for engineering and restoring historical buildings.

From 1740, he worked in Rome as a draughtsman for Marco Foscarini, the Venetian ambassador. He worked with pupils of the French Academy in Rome to produce a series of vedute (views) of the city. From 1743 to 1747 he was back in Venice where he often visited Giovanni Battista Tiepolo.

In 1748–1774, back in Rome, he created a series of vedute of the city which established his fame. In 1761 he became a member of the Accademia di San Luca and opened a printing facility of his own.

He died in Rome in 1778, and was buried in the church he had helped restore, Santa Maria del Priorato. His tomb was designed by Giuseppi Angelini.
The ancient Capitol ascended by approximately one hundred steps . . . (Campidoglio antico a cui si ascendeva per circa cento gradini . . .)
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Remains of the Temple of Castor and Pollux . . . ( Avanzo del Tempio di Castore e Polluce . . .)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Piazza Navona with S. Agnese on the Right

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Remains of the Temple of Cybele (Avanzi del Tempio di Cibele)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Remains of the Temple of Castor and Pollux . . . (Avanzo del Tempio di Castore e Polluce . . .)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Altra V. del Tempio della Sibilla in Tivoli (Another view of the Temple of the Sibyl in Tivoli)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Pantheon exterior (Veduta del Pantheon d'Agrippa oggi Chiesa di S. Maria ad Martyres)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

View of the rear entrance of the Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore, from Veduta di Roma (Roman Views)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Vestibule of an ancient temple . . . (Vestibolo d'antico Tempio . . .)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Vedute delle ville, e d'altri luoghi della Toscana

After drawings by Giuseppe Zocchi (Italian, Florence 1711–1767 Florence)

View of St. Peter's Basilica and Piazza in the Vatican, from Vedute di Roma (Roman Views)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Plate 23: Amphitheater of Pola in Istria near the sea (Anfiteatro di Pola in Istria vicino al mare)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Plate 3: Inscriptions on Antiquities outside Rome with Index of Plates

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Plate 15: Forum of Augustus (Foro di Augusto)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Plate 21: Temple of Pola in Istria (Tempio di Pola in Istria)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Plate 17: The Arch of Rimini built by Augustus (Arco di Rimino fabbricato da Augusto)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Interior view of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, from Vedute di Roma (Roman Views)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

View of St. Peter's Basilica and Piazza in the Vatican, from Vedute di Roma (Roman Views)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Plate 28: Arch of Trajan in Ancona (Arco di Trajano in Ancona)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Triumphal Arch, from Grotteschi (Grotesques)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Frontispiece (Title page)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Frontispiece, with Statue of Minerva

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Plate 18: The Tomb of the Scipios (Sepolcro della famiglia de' Scipioni)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Plate 11: Temple of Janus (Tempio di Giano) from the series 'Antichita Romana'

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Interior view of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, from Vedute di Roma (Roman Views)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Plate 9: Arch of Constantine in Rome (Arco di Costantino in Roma)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Dedication to Giovanni Bottari (Dédicace à Bottari)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Plate 1: Part of the Forum of Nerva (Parte del Foro di Nerva)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Frontispiece, with Statue of Minerva

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Tomb of Nero, from the Grotteschi (Grotesques)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Skeletons, from Grotteschi (Grotesques)

Piranesi made his series of print the Grotteschi when he returned to Rome after a stay in Venice, where he is said to have worked briefly with Tiepolo. The four etchings reflect encounter with the remarkable pr... more

View of the exterior of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, from Vedute di Roma (Roman Views)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Plate 27: Tomb of the three Curiatii brothers in Albano (Sepolcro delle tre fratelli Curiati in Albano)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Frontispiece, with Statue of Minerva

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Monumental Tablet, from Grotteschi (Grotesques)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Plate 25: Amphitheater of Verona (Anfiteatro di Verona)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Gothic Arch, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Pier with a Lamp, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Pier with Chains, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Well, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Arch with a Shell Ornament, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Smoking Fire, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Sawhorse, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Round Tower, from 'Carceri d'invenzione' (Imaginary Prisons)

A native of Venice, Piranesi went to Rome at age twenty and where he remained for the remainder of his life. Rome was the inspiration for and subject of most of his etchings that number over a thousand. Piranes... more

The Giant Wheel, from Carceri d'invenzioni (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Grand Piazza, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Title Page, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Drawbridge, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Staircase with Trophies, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Prisoners on a Projecting Platform, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

In the rough and bold etchings of the Carceri, Piranesi achieved the immediacy of a drawn sketch in print. The low viewpoint and the small size of the figures emphasize the immensity of these invented spaces, b... more

View along the Via del Corso of the Palazzo dell'Accademia, established by Louis XIV, King of France for French students of Painting, Sculpture and Architecture..., from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome), part I

Piranesi arrived in Rome in 1740 and quickly perceived the demand for views of the city. By 1748, he had produced the first of 135 etchings of classical and Baroque Rome, the 'Vedute di Roma' (Views of Rome). T... more

Plate 24: Arch of Pola in Istria near the Gate (Arco di Pola in Istria vicino alla Porta)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome), part I

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

The Piazza di Spagna (Veduta di Piazza di Spagna)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)

Frontispiece to Opere varie di architettura, prospettive grotesshi antichità

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)