The Skeletons

Giovanni Battista Piranesica. 1745

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University
Middletown, United States

  • Title: The Skeletons
  • Creator: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
  • Date Created: ca. 1745
  • Signatures / Inscriptions: Signed in plate, lower right: “Piranesi F”; inscribed, lower right: “24”
  • Set or Series Title: Grotteschi
  • 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, death, human body, Italy, Rome, skeletons
  • Image Credit Line: Open Access Image from the Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University (http://www.wesleyan.edu/dac/openaccess)
  • Edition: First Paris edition, 1800–1807; according to Robison, reworked 1780–1798 by Francesco Piranesi
  • Dimensions: Plate dimensions: 391 mm x 547 mm (15.39 in. x 21.54 in.). Sheet dimensions: 508 mm x 711 mm (20 in. x 27.99 in.).
  • Bibliography: Focillon 20; Hind, p. 80; Wilton-Ely 21 and p. 41 with remark: “Decorative capriccio. Skeleton in the foreground with a statue of Hercules to the left, overflowing urns to the right and a vase at the center.”
  • Associated People: Created by Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720-1778)
  • Accession Number: 1973.D1.38.26