The Giant Wheel

Giovanni Battista Piranesi1761

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University


  • Title: The Giant Wheel
  • Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
  • Date Created: 1761
  • Signatures / Inscriptions: Signed in plate, lower left: “Piranesi f.”
  • Set or Series Title: Carceri d’Invenzione di G. Battista Piranesi, Archit[etto] Vene[ziano]
  • Print State: Second of three states
  • Object Type: Prints, works of art
  • Object Link: See this artwork on the Davison Art Center website
  • Object Credit Line: Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University. Gift of George W. Davison (B.A. Wesleyan 1892), before 1953
  • Materials & Techniques: Etching on laid paper. Watermark: Hind #7
  • Keywords: architecture, prisons
  • Image Credit Line: Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (http://www.wesleyan.edu/dac/openaccess)
  • Edition: First Paris edition, 1800–1809
  • Dimensions: Plate dimensions: 555 mm x 408 mm (21.85 in. x 16.06 in.). Sheet dimensions: 708 mm x 484 mm (27.87 in. x 19.06 in.).
  • Bibliography: Focillon 32; Hind 9; Wilton-Ely 34 and p. 63 as: “Monumental doorway formed of cyclopean blocks of stone below a circular opening”
  • Associated People: Created by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778)
  • Accession Number: 1973.D1.38.9