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Carceri d'Invenzione

  • Object:

    Print

  • Place of origin:

    Italy (original etching, made)
    Paris (volume bound, produced)

  • Date:

    1761 (first published)
    1800-1807 (produced)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, born 1720 - died 1778 (artist)
    Tessier, born 18 - died 19 (bookbinders)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    etching

  • Museum number:

    E.4352-1908

  • Gallery location:

    Prints & Drawings Study Room, level D, case LL, shelf 8

Physical description

Plate from 'Carceri d'Invenzione', Piranesi's series of imaginary prisons.

Place of Origin

Italy (original etching, made)
Paris (volume bound, produced)

Date

1761 (first published)
1800-1807 (produced)

Artist/maker

Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, born 1720 - died 1778 (artist)
Tessier, born 18 - died 19 (bookbinders)

Materials and Techniques

etching

Marks and inscriptions

CARCERI INVENZIONE G. BATTISTA PIRANESI ARCHIT. VENE.

Dimensions

Height: 58.4 cm volume, Width: 42.5 cm volume

Object history note

Bound in volume 8 of the 27 volume 'first Paris edition' of the works of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, published by his sons Francesco and Pietro Piranesi in 1800-1807.

Descriptive line

Plate 2 from 'Carceri d'Invenzione', etching by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italy, published 1761

Bibliographic References (Citation, Note/Abstract, NAL no)

Departmental notes

Production Note

Piranesi originally published the 'Carceri' in 1750. For this second edition in 1761 he increased the number of plates from 14 to 16, and reworked and numbered the etchings.

Materials

Paper (fiber product)

Techniques

Etching

Subjects depicted

Prisons

Categories

Prints; Architecture

Collection

Prints, Drawings & Paintings Collection

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