C1769

[Design for a chimneypiece with ornate foliate designs and draped female figures]

Fine engraving by the famous Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi of a fireplace. From Piranesi, Diverse Maniere d’adornare i cammini ed ogni altra parte degli edifizi desunte dall’architettura Egizia, Etrusca, e Greca con un Ragionamento Apologetico in defesa dell’Architettura Egizia, … Read Full Description

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S/N: DMDC-021-PIRANESI–377927
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Full Title:

[Design for a chimneypiece with ornate foliate designs and draped female figures]

Date:

C1769

Condition:

In good condition.

Technique:

Copper engraving.

Image Size: 

380mm 
x 245mm

Paper Size: 

500mm 
x 398mm
AUTHENTICITY
[Design for a chimneypiece with ornate foliate designs and draped female figures] - Antique Print from 1769

Genuine antique
dated:

1769

Description:

Fine engraving by the famous Italian printmaker Giovanni Battista Piranesi of a fireplace.

From Piranesi, Diverse Maniere d’adornare i cammini ed ogni altra parte degli edifizi desunte dall’architettura Egizia, Etrusca, e Greca con un Ragionamento Apologetico in defesa dell’Architettura Egizia, e Toscana, opera del Cavaliere Giambattista Piranesi Architetto.

(Different Ways to adorn the paths and every other part of the buildings derived from Egyptian, Etruscan, and Greek architecture with an Apologetic Reasoning in defense of Egyptian Architecture, and Tuscany, the work of the Knight Giambattista Piranesi Architect)

Collections:
Met Museum NY: Accession Number: 41.71.1.20
Royal Academy, London: Object number 16/1645

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720 - 1778)

Piranesi was an Italian Classical archaeologist, architect, and artist, famous for his etchings of Rome and his series on prisons, Le Carceri d'Invenzione. His father was a stonemason. His brother Andrea introduced him to Latin literature and ancient Greco-Roman civilization, and later he was apprenticed under his uncle, who was a leading architect in Magistrato delle Acque, the state organization responsible for engineering and restoring historical buildings. From 1740, he had an opportunity to work in Rome as a draughtsman for Marco Foscarini, the Venetian ambassador of the new Pope Benedict XIV. He resided in the Palazzo Venezia and studied under Giuseppe Vasi, who introduced him to the art of etching and engraving of the city and its monuments.

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