The Man on the Rack

Giovanni Battista Piranesi1761

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University


  • Title: The Man on the Rack
  • Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
  • Date Created: 1761
  • Signatures / Inscriptions: Signed in plate, lower right margin: “Piranesi F.”
  • Set or Series Title: Carceri d’Invenzione di G. Battista Piranesi, Archit[etto] Vene[ziano]
  • Print State: Fifth of six 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; one of two plates which do not appear in Bouchard’s editions (with Hind 5)
  • Dimensions: Plate dimensions: 560 mm x 415 mm (22.05 in. x 16.34 in.). Sheet dimensions: 704 mm x 512 mm (27.72 in. x 20.16 in.).
  • Bibliography: Focillon 25; Hind 2; Wilton-Ely 27 and p. 51 as: “Arched structures with a medieval tower in the background and a torture scene in the foreground”
  • Associated People: Created by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778)
  • Accession Number: 1973.D1.38.2