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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
18th Century Etching of Ancient Roman Architectural Objects by Giovanni Piranesi

1778

About the Item

A. Tigna Protensa Super Media Epistylia, B. Praecisiones Tigorum Quaqua Versus Extrinsectus Apparentium, C. Opae Extremitates Tigorum Contintes, Fig. I, plate 88 from "Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcofagi, Tripodi, Lucerne, Ed Ornamenti Antichi", (Vases, candelabra, grave stones, sarcophagi, tripods, lamps, and ancient ornaments). This work by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, published in 1778, depicts a column, a frieze and other architectural elements. The print is presented in an antiqued silver-color wood frame and an off-white and white French mat. The print is in excellent condition. Piranesi was born in Venice in 1720 and died in Rome in 1778. He was the son of a stone mason and was trained as an architect. After a slow start he eventually achieved great success as an architect, archaeologist, artist, designer, collector, and antiquities dealer. His mission was to glorify the architecture of ancient Rome through his engravings and etchings. His highly dramatized prints often depict imaginary interiors and frequently include figures in mysterious activities, who are dwarfed by the magnitude of their monumental surroundings. Piranesi's style greatly influenced the neoclassical art movement of the late 18th century. His dramatic scenes inspired generations of set designers, as well as artists, architects and writers. His prints have continued to increase in value to institutions and collectors.
  • Creator:
    Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778, Italian)
  • Creation Year:
    1778
  • Dimensions:
    Height: 29.63 in (75.27 cm)Width: 36.63 in (93.05 cm)Depth: 1.25 in (3.18 cm)
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  • Gallery Location:
    Alamo, CA
  • Reference Number:
    Seller: #38721stDibs: LU117324345541

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