Giovanni Battista Piranesi: 7 works

A slideshow of artworks auto-selected from multiple collections

By Google Arts & Culture

The Drawbridge (circa 1749 - 1750) by Giovanni Battista PiranesiMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen

'An important part of the museum's collection of prints is formed by the almost two hundred etchings done by the Italian artist and architect, Giovanni Battista Piranesi.'

The Giant Wheel (from Invenzioni Capric di Carceri) (1750) by Giovanni Battista PiranesiMuseum of Fine Arts, Budapest

'After studying architecture and theatrical set design, Piranesi chose as his area of concentration reproductive graphics - etchings.'

An Ancient Port (1749–1750) by Giovanni Battista PiranesiThe J. Paul Getty Museum

'He combined arches, pedestals, columns, bridges, and sculptures in an imaginative reconstruction of monumental and complex classical architecture.'

Veduta with the Temple of Jove (circa 1750 - 1758) by Giovanni Battista PiranesiMuseum Boijmans Van Beuningen

'Piranesi had studied architecture and his Carceri, the Prisons, are imaginative evocations of space.'

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'For example, Piranesi put little effort into describing their hands and feet, which seem to end abruptly or break off altogether.'

Pier table (c. 1768) by Giovanni Battista PiranesiMinneapolis Institute of Art

'A printmaker, archaeologist, architect, and designer, Pirinesi greatly contributed to Europe's renewed interest in the ancient world through his numerous etchings of Roman ruins.'

The Tomb of the Istacidi, Pompeii (About 1777) by Giovanni Battista PiranesiSMK - Statens Museum for Kunst

'As the art historian Erik Fischer said: "Piranesi makes this scene sublime with the dark, concise force of his pen strokes.'

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