Architectural Paintings

Ruins and memory as architectural projects (On Piranesi) (room 5)

Without a doubt, one of the most attractive figures of the mideighteenth century is Giovanni Battista Piranesi. The selection of works by Piranesi deals with modern Rome, and in them he added to, greatened and fuelled the myth of the city. These prints are contrasted with his renderings of ancient Rome, in which he shows viewers the city from new angles and incorporates other inventions. This room also includes two engravings from his famous Carceri collection in which he gives free rein to his portentous imagination in an oppressive, anguishing space.

Antichità romane, Roma, Estamperia di Angelo Rotilj nel Palazzo de Massimi

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Venice, 1720-Rome, 1778) Roman Antiquities, a work by Venetian architect Giambattista Piranesi, in four volumes, Rome, Estamperia di Angelo Rotilj nel Palazzo de Massimi

56 prints in 4 vols. Etching.
545 x 430 x 60 mm. Open by the frontispiece of volume II: Antiquus bivii viarium appiae et ardeatinae, fols. 2 y 3. 450 x 650 mm
Madrid, Spanish National Library; inv. 19045

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