Giovanni Battista Piranesi

(Italian, 1720–1778)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi was an Italian draftsman, printmaker, and architect. Famed for his Neoclassical etchings, Piranesi used ancient Greek and Roman ruins as inspiration to create macabre dungeon scenes filled with elaborate contraptions. “I need to produce great ideas,” the artist once stated. “And I believe that if I were commissioned to design a new universe, I would be mad enough to undertake it.” Born on October 4, 1720 in Mogliano Veneto, Italy, he went on to study Latin, ancient Roman culture, architecture, and later etching under Giuseppe Vasi at the Palazzo Venezia. These studies, combined with his subtle use of gravure techniques, granted his etchings believable depth and structural perspective. Piranesi’s depictions of Rome quickly garnered him commissions from members of the clergy and aristocracy, and would influence later generations of artists including the Surrealists. Piranesi died on November 9, 1778 in Rome, Italy. Today, his works are in the collections of the Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg, the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles, the Louvre Museum in Paris, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York, among others.
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Vedute di Roma (3rd State), 1748

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Vedute di Roma (3rd State), 1748

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Vedute di Roma (3rd State), 1748

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Vedute di Roma (3rd State), 1748

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4 Plates, from Views of Rome 4, 1770–1776

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

4 Plates, from Views of Rome 4, 1770–1776

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Veduta interna della Basilica di S. Pietro..., 1773

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Veduta interna della Basilica di S. Pietro..., 1773

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Spaccato interno della Basicilia di S. Paolo , 1749

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Spaccato interno della Basicilia di S. Paolo , 1749

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Veduta del Castello dell'Acqua Paola sul..., 1751

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Veduta del Castello dell'Acqua Paola sul..., 1751

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Veduta degli Avanzi del Tablino della Casa..., 1757

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Veduta degli Avanzi del Tablino della Casa..., 1757

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Veduta degli Avanzi del Foro di Nerva, 1757

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Veduta degli Avanzi del Foro di Nerva, 1757

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Veduta sul Monte Quirinale del Palazzo dell' , 1749

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Veduta sul Monte Quirinale del Palazzo dell' , 1749

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Vier Radierungen aus der Folge

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Vier Radierungen aus der Folge"Alcune Vedute di...

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Veduta del Mausoleo d'Elio Adriano, 1754

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Veduta del Mausoleo d'Elio Adriano, 1754

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Sechs Radierungen

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Sechs Radierungen

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Veduta del Tempio della Fortuna virile..., from...

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Intérieur d'un palais avec un arc triomphal, 1765

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Intérieur d'un palais avec un arc triomphal, 1765

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Veduta di Piazza Navona sopra le rovine del...

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Veduta di Piazza Navona sopra le rovine del...

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Veduta della fonte e delle Spelonche..., 1776

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Veduta della fonte e delle Spelonche..., 1776

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Five Plates, from: Carceri, 1749–1750

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Five Plates, from: Carceri, 1749–1750

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The Sawhorse, Plate XII, from: Carceri, 1749–1750

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Sawhorse, Plate XII, from: Carceri, 1749–1750

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The Drawbridge, Plate VII, from: Carceri, 1749–1750

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Drawbridge, Plate VII, from: Carceri, 1749–1750

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The round Tower, from: Carceri, 1749

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The round Tower, from: Carceri, 1749

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