The Lion Bas-Reliefs

Giovanni Battista Piranesi1761

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University
Middletown, United States


  • Title: The Lion Bas-Reliefs
  • Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
  • Date Created: 1761
  • Signatures / Inscriptions: Signed in plate, lower right: “Piranesi F.”
  • Set or Series Title: Carceri d’Invenzione di G. Battista Piranesi, Archit[etto] Vene[ziano]
  • Print State: First of two 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: No watermark
  • 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; this plate did not appear in Bouchard’s editions
  • Dimensions: Plate dimensions: 562 mm x 411 mm (22.13 in. x 16.18 in.). Sheet dimensions: 709 mm x 494 mm (27.91 in. x 19.45 in.).
  • Bibliography: Focillon 28; Hind 5; Wilton-Ely 30 and p. 56 as: “Grand arcaded structures with lion bas-reliefs in the foreground”
  • Associated People: Created by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778)
  • Accession Number: 1973.D1.38.5

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