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1749-60

Artist
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720 - 1778)

Etcher
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720 - 1778)

Publisher
Giovanni Bouchard (18th century)

Etching

Height: 41.5 cm (plate mark); Width: 54.3 cm (plate mark);

Inscription
Inscribed, printed, centre, recto

Acquisition
Seilern, Antoine (Count); bequest; 1978
G.1978.PG.44.12

About this work
In his Inventions of Imaginary Prisons Piranesi created complex fantastical architectural interiors. While there is an illusion of depth and space, the rules of linear perspective are purposefully ignored. The composition places the viewer at an angle that does not allow a clear understanding of the construction but asks us to navigate the rhythmic repetition of stone buttresses, beams, arches and stairways. (Permanent collection label)



This work is not on display
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