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Piranesi

Rome etchings by Giovanni Battista PiranesiCreated by: PICRYLDated: 1770
The ancient Capitol ascended by approximately one hundred steps . . . (Campidoglio antico a cui si ascendeva per circa cento gradini . . .)
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.
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Seven columns of the Temple of Juturna with Corinthian capitals . . . (Sette colonne con capitelli corinti spettanti al Tempio di Giuturna . . .)

Seven columns of the Temple of Juturna with Corinthian capitals . . . ...

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

Piazza Navona with S. Agnese on the Right

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)

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

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)

Altra V. del Tempio della Sibilla in Tivoli (Another view of the Templ...

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

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

The Pantheon exterior (Veduta del Pantheon d'Agrippa oggi Chiesa di S....

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

View of the palace of the illustrious Barberini family on the Quirinal Hill, designed by Cavaliere Bernini, from Vedute di Roma (Roman Views)

View of the palace of the illustrious Barberini family on the Quirinal...

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)

View of the rear entrance of the Basilica of S. Maria Maggiore, from V...

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

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

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

Vedute delle ville, e d'altri luoghi della Toscana

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

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

Plate 23: Amphitheater of Pola in Istria near the sea (Anfiteatro di P...

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

Plate 15: Forum of Augustus (Foro di Augusto)

Plate 15: Forum of Augustus (Foro di Augusto)

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

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

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

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

Plate 8: Arch of Drusus at the Porta S. Sebastiano in Rome (Arco di Druso alla Porta di Sebastiano in Roma)

Plate 8: Arch of Drusus at the Porta S. Sebastiano in Rome (Arco di Dr...

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

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

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)

Plate 17: The Arch of Rimini built by Augustus (Arco di Rimino fabbric...

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

Plate 12: Flavian Amphitheater, called the Colosseum. 1. Arch of Constantine. 2. Palatine Hill. (Anfiteatro Flavio detto il Colosseo in Roma. 1. Arco di Costantino. 2. Monte Palatino.)

Plate 12: Flavian Amphitheater, called the Colosseum. 1. Arch of Const...

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

Plate 22: Rear View of the Temple of Pola in Istria. 1. Rear View of another temple. (Rovescio del Tempio di Pola di Istria. 1. Rovescio di un Altro Tempio.)

Plate 22: Rear View of the Temple of Pola in Istria. 1. Rear View of a...

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

Frontispiece, with Statue of Minerva

Frontispiece, with Statue of Minerva

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)

Interior view of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, from Vedute di R...

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

Plate 20: Tomb of Caecilia Metella called the Capo di Bove (Ox Head) (Sepolcro di Metela detto Capo di Bove)

Plate 20: Tomb of Caecilia Metella called the Capo di Bove (Ox Head) (...

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

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

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

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

Arch of Galienus. 1. Façade od the Church of S. Vito (Arco di Galieno. 1. Facciata della Chiesa di S. Vito)

Arch of Galienus. 1. Façade od the Church of S. Vito (Arco di Galieno....

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

Frontispiece (Title page)

Frontispiece (Title page)

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

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

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)

The Triumphal Arch, from Grotteschi (Grotesques)

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

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

Plate 18: The Tomb of the Scipios (Sepolcro della famiglia de' Scipion...

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

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

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)

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)

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

Frontispiece, with Statue of Minerva

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

The Tomb of Nero, from the Grotteschi (Grotesques)

The Tomb of Nero, from the Grotteschi (Grotesques)

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)

Interior view of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, from Vedute di R...

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

Plate 13: Arch of Settimius Severus 1. Temple of Concord. 2. Ascent to the Capitoline Hill (Arco di Settimio Severo. 1. Tempio della Concordia. 2. Salita di Campidoglio.)

Plate 13: Arch of Settimius Severus 1. Temple of Concord. 2. Ascent to...

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

Plate 14: Senatorial Bridge, today called the Ponte Rotto (Broken Bridge). 1. Temple of Vesta. 2. Temple of Fortuna Virilis. 3. Part of the ancient Palatine. (Ponte Senatorio oggi detto Ponte rotto)

Plate 14: Senatorial Bridge, today called the Ponte Rotto (Broken Brid...

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

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

View of the exterior of St. Peter's Basilica in the Vatican, from Vedu...

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

Plate 6: 1. Arch of Titus. 2. Villa Farnese. 3. Columns of the Temple of Jupiter Stator (the Supporter). 4. Arch of Septimus Severus. 5. Temple of Peace. (1. Arco di Tito in Roma. 2. Villa Farnese. 2. Colon.e. del Tem.o di G.ve St.re. 4. Ar.co di Set.o . . . )

Plate 6: 1. Arch of Titus. 2. Villa Farnese. 3. Columns of the Temple ...

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

Plate 25: Amphitheater of Verona (Anfiteatro di Verona)

Plate 25: Amphitheater of Verona (Anfiteatro di Verona)

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

The Monumental Tablet, from Grotteschi (Grotesques)

The Monumental Tablet, from Grotteschi (Grotesques)

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)

Plate 27: Tomb of the three Curiatii brothers in Albano (Sepolcro dell...

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

Frontispiece, with Statue of Minerva

Frontispiece, with Statue of Minerva

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

Plate 7: Temple of Jupiter Tonans (Jupiter the Thunderer). 1. Temple of Concord. (Tempio di Giove Tonans. 1. Tempio della Concordia.)

Plate 7: Temple of Jupiter Tonans (Jupiter the Thunderer). 1. Temple o...

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

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

The Well, 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)

The Pier with Chains, 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)

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

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

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

The Gothic Arch, 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)

The Arch with a Shell Ornament, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary P...

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

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

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)

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

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

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

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)

The Grand Piazza, 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)

The Staircase with Trophies, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Pris...

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

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

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)

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

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

Group of columns which support two arches of a great courtyard . . . (Gruppo di Colonne, che regge due archi d'un grande Cortile . . . )

Group of columns which support two arches of a great courtyard . . . (...

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

Imaginery ancient temple designed in the style of those built in honor of the Goddess Vesta . . . (Tempio antico inventato e disegnato alla maniera di quelli che si fabbricavano in onore della Dea Vesta . . . )

Imaginery ancient temple designed in the style of those built in honor...

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

Dark prison with a courtyard for the punishment of criminals . . .(Carcere oscura con Antenna pel suplizio dè malfatori . . .)

Dark prison with a courtyard for the punishment of criminals . . .(Car...

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

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

Plate 24: Arch of Pola in Istria near the Gate (Arco di Pola in Istria...

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

View of the Basilica of San Sebastiano fuori delle mura [St. Sebastian outside the Walls] on the Appian Way, from Vedute di Roma (Roman Views)

View of the Basilica of San Sebastiano fuori delle mura [St. Sebastian...

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

View of the Façade of the Basilica of S. Croce in Gerusalemme [the Holy Cross in Jerusalem], from Vedute di Roma (Roman Views)

View of the Façade of the Basilica of S. Croce in Gerusalemme [the Hol...

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

The Piazza di Spagna (Veduta di Piazza di Spagna)

The Piazza di Spagna (Veduta di Piazza di Spagna)

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

Interior view of the ancient Temple of Bacchus, now the church of S. Urbano, two miles from Rome..., from Vedute di Roma (Roman Views)

Interior view of the ancient Temple of Bacchus, now the church of S. U...

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

Frontispiece to Opere varie di architettura, prospettive grotesshi antichità

Frontispiece to Opere varie di architettura, prospettive grotesshi ant...

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

Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome), part I

Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome), part I

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

Ruins of an ancient tomb in front of ruins of an ancient aqueduct (Ruine di Sepolcro antico posto dinanzi ad altre ruine d'un Aquedotto)

Ruins of an ancient tomb in front of ruins of an ancient aqueduct (Rui...

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

Stairways adorned by magnificient architecture . . . (Gruppo di Scale ornato di magnifica Architettura . .  .)

Stairways adorned by magnificient architecture . . . (Gruppo di Scale ...

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

Frontispiece: Prima Parte di Architetture,e Prospettive

Frontispiece: Prima Parte di Architetture,e Prospettive

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

Ancient mausoleum erected for the ashes of a Roman Emperor (Mausoleo antico eretto per le ceneri d'un Imperadore Romano)

Ancient mausoleum erected for the ashes of a Roman Emperor (Mausoleo a...

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

The ancient Capitol ascended by approximately one hundred steps . . . (Campidoglio antico a cui si ascendeva per circa cento gradini . . .)

The ancient Capitol ascended by approximately one hundred steps . . . ...

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