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- DescriptionOne the greatest architectural artists of all time, and certainly the most famous copper engraver of the 18th century, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) is most kwn for his terrifyingly original series of etchings of labyrinthine and megalomaniac prisons, Carceri d'Invenzione . In his own day, he was most celebrated for his Vedute , 137 etchings of ancient and modern Rome; so rewned were these startling and dramatic chiaroscuro images, imbued with Piranesi's romantic feeling for archaeological ruins, that they formed the mental picture of Rome for generations after. Indeed, Piranesi could be said to have shaped a whole strain of contemporary architecture, as well as the wider visualization of antiquity itself. In our time, he has had a direct influence on writers such as Borges and Kafka and on filmmakers such as Terry Gilliam and Peter Greenaway. Anyone who contemplates Piranesi's etchings will confront the existential nightmare of human existence and its infinite mysteries.
- Author BiographyLuigi Ficacci studied Art History in Rome under Giulio Carlo Argan. He is curator at the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica in Rome and lectures at different Italian universities. The focal points of his research work are the issues raised by 17th and 18th century and contemporary Italian art.
- Author(s)Luigi Ficacci
- PublisherTaschen GmbH
- Date of Publication25/10/2011
- SubjectIndividual Artists / Art Monographs
- Place of PublicationCologne
- Country of PublicationGermany
- ImprintTaschen GmbH
- Content NoteIllustrations
- Weight4169 g
- Width240 mm
- Height305 mm
- Spine77 mm
- Contained items statement2 Hardbacks
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