Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Italian , 1720 - 1778

Architect, draughtsman, theorist, and engraver Giovanni Battista Piranesi was an influential figure in the development of Neoclassicism. Giambattista’s initial pursuits were in architecture, for which he was apprenticed to his uncle Matteo Lucchesi. He later turned to etching and studied with Carlo Zucchi before traveling to Rome in 1740. It was in Rome that Piranesi produced his first popular etchings, and became famous for his depictions of ancient ruins and imaginary reconstructions of Roman architecture. One of his earliest collections, “Carceri d’Invenzione,” was published in 1745 and featured depictions of imaginary prisons based on existing Roman ruins. Though he was known as an engraver during his life, Piranesi also supported himself by dealing and restoring Roman antiquities.

Piranesi had a lifelong interest in archaeology, and published treatises on the subject such as, “Trofei di Archi Trionfoni” (1748) and, “Antichita Romane de ‘tempi della Republica’ primi Imperatori Ottaviano” (1756). Near the end of his life, he traveled to southern Italy to pursue of his archaeological interests, and began producing images of Greek architecture.
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The Arch with a Shell Ornament, Plate XI from Carceri d'Invenzione

1749

Childs Gallery

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Ossuary, title-plate to Vol. III of Antichità Romane

ca. 1755

Jan Johnson Old Master and Modern Prints, Inc.

Under $2,200

The Colosseum, Bird's Eye View (Veduta dell' Anfiteatro Flavio detto il Colosseo)

1776

Thomas French Fine Art

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The Monumental Tablet

C.G. Boerner

$2,200 - $5,500

Veduta del Tempio detto della Concordia

1774

C.G. Boerner

$2,200 - $5,500

Altra veduta del tempio della Sibilla in Tivoli

1761

Conrad R. Graeber Fine Art

$2,200 - $5,500

Veduta del Palazzo Stopani

1776

Daniela Laube Fine Art

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The Baths of Caracalla: Interior of the Central Hall

1765

C.G. Boerner

$2,200 - $5,500

Veduta del Tempio detto della Concordia

1774

Daniela Laube Fine Art

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Views of Rome: Frontispiece with Statue of Minerva (3rd state)

1748

R. S. Johnson Fine Art (Est. 1955)

$5,500 - $12,000

The Sawhorse from "Caceri d'Invenzioni" (Imaginary Prisons) Series

1749

Thomas French Fine Art

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The Monumental Tablet

1750

Thomas French Fine Art

Price upon request