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I libri XL hanno un'altezza minima di 34 cm, ad eccezione dei titoli in formato orizzontale.

Piranesi. The Complete Etchings

80Edizione: Multilingue (Francese, Inglese, Tedesco)Disponibilità: Disponibile
Esplora le incisioni complete di Giovanni Battista Piranesi, l'incisore del XVIII secolo famoso per le sue vedute architettoniche di Roma e le sue prigioni immaginarie. In questa edizione, troverai tutti gli straordinari dettagli e la fantasia con cui Piranesi ha plasmato non solo l'immagine europea dell'Italia, ma anche un'impressionante eredità artistica, da Edgar Allan Poe alle scale mobili di Hogwarts.
Copertina rigida9.8 x 13.4 in.8.37 lb788 pagine
I libri XL hanno un'altezza minima di 34 cm, ad eccezione dei titoli in formato orizzontale.
Piranesi. The Complete Etchings

Piranesi. The Complete Etchings


Archaeology and Imagination

Impossible staircases and startling ruins from Italy’s master engraver

The most famous 18th-century copper engraver, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778) made his name with etchings of ancient Rome. His startling, chiaroscuro images imbued the city’s archaeological ruins with drama and romance and became favorite souvenirs for the Grand Tourists who traveled Italy in pursuit of classical culture and education.

Today, Piranesi is renowned not just for shaping the European imagination of Rome, but also for his elaborate series of fanciful prisons, Carceri, which have influenced generations of creatives since, from the Surrealists to Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Edgar Allan Poe, Jorge Luis Borges, and Franz Kafka.

Loosely based on contemporary stage sets rather than the actual dingy dungeons of Piranesi’s day, these intricate images defy architectural reality to play instead with perspective, lighting, and scale. Staircases exist on two planes simultaneously; vast, vaulted ceilings seem to soar up to the heavens; interior and exterior distinctions collapse. With a low viewpoint and small, fragile figures, the prison scenes become monstrous megacities of incarceration, celebrated to this day as masterworks of existentialist drama.

Luigi Ficacci studied art history in Rome under Giulio Carlo Argan. For many years, he was curator at the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica in Rome and general museum director (Soprintendente ai Beni Culturali) in Bologna and in Lucca. He also lectured at various Italian universities. Until 2021, he was director of the Central Institute for Restoration (Istituto centrale per il restauro) in Rome. The focal points of his research work are the issues raised by 17th and 18th century and contemporary Italian and European art.

Piranesi. The Complete Etchings
Copertina rigida25 x 34 cm3.79 kg788 pagine

ISBN 978-3-8365-8761-7

Edizione: Multilingue (Francese, Inglese, Tedesco)
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Elaine C.,15 febbraio 2024
Loved everything about this book. Piranesi is my husband’s favourite artist and he has wanted this book for a long time. It did not disappoint.