Piranesi drawings: visions of antiquity

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Published to coincide with a British Museum exhibition, the first exploration of Piranesi's work as a draughtsman. 

The Venetian-born artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720- 1778) is best known for his dramatic prints of the architecture and antiquities of his adopted city of Rome, and for the extraordinary flights of spatial fancy in his series Le Carceri (Prisons). But he was also an astonishingly talented draughtsman, as revealed in this outstanding collection of drawings at the British Museum.

This book explores the relationship between Piranesi's drawings and prints, and reveals the way in which his style and interests as a draughtsman evolved over time. Some are spontaneous primi pensieri, first thoughts that anticipate a bigger work; others explore more complex exercises in perspective and spatial representation. Piranesi drawings: visions of antiquity reveals the quality and lasting impact of the work of this remarkably influential artist.

A beautifully illustrated gift for an art history lover.

  • Product Code: CMC9780500480618
  • Product Weight: 0.72Kg
  • Author: Sarah Vowles, preface by Hugo Chapman
  • Pages: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: H25 x L25cm
  • Editors: Sarah Vowles and Hugo Chapman
  • Exhibition: Piranesi drawings: visions of antiquity
  • Illustrations: 103
  • Postage Weight: 0.85 Kg

Published to coincide with a British Museum exhibition, the first exploration of Piranesi's work as a draughtsman. 

The Venetian-born artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720- 1778) is best known for his dramatic prints of the architecture and antiquities of his adopted city of Rome, and for the extraordinary flights of spatial fancy in his series Le Carceri (Prisons). But he was also an astonishingly talented draughtsman, as revealed in this outstanding collection of drawings at the British Museum.

This book explores the relationship between Piranesi's drawings and prints, and reveals the way in which his style and interests as a draughtsman evolved over time. Some are spontaneous primi pensieri, first thoughts that anticipate a bigger work; others explore more complex exercises in perspective and spatial representation. Piranesi drawings: visions of antiquity reveals the quality and lasting impact of the work of this remarkably influential artist.

A beautifully illustrated gift for an art history lover.

  • Product Code: CMC9780500480618
  • Product Weight: 0.72Kg
  • Author: Sarah Vowles, preface by Hugo Chapman
  • Pages: 144
  • Format: Paperback
  • Dimensions: H25 x L25cm
  • Editors: Sarah Vowles and Hugo Chapman
  • Exhibition: Piranesi drawings: visions of antiquity
  • Illustrations: 103
  • Postage Weight: 0.85 Kg

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