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The Complete Etchings of Rome

The Complete Etchings of Rome

Princeton Architectural Press

By G.B. Piranesi


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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–78) is unquestionably
the most celebrated architectural engraver in history:
his prints of Rome, in particular, have thrilled
architects, illustrators, archeologists, historians, and
collectors for centuries. The prints, more than two
thousand, most drawn directly on copper plates,
coming from his workshop on the Via del Corso, made
him a celebrity in his day and cemented his place in
our collective mental image of ancient Rome, from its
best-known ruins to his imaginary prison spaces (the
“carceri”). Piranesi’s two volumes, the Views of Rome
(Vedute di Roma) of 1745 and the Antiquities of Rome
(Antichità Romanae) of 1748 are gathered together here
for the first time in a single high-quality volume to form
a definitive collection of all of Piranesi’s etchings of
built Rome. Widely but often badly copied, Piranesi’s
engravings are reproduced here to the exacting
standards of our Classic Reprints series and in a large
(9 x 12 inches) format to ensure the highest-quality
facsimile, drawing on originals from the archives
of the Classical Institute of Architecture and Art’s Ross
Collection. This is an essential addition to the library
of anyone who studies or is enamored of the splendor
of ancient Rome.

• Only large-format high-quality edition of Piranesi’s
etchings in print (numerous books reproduce Piranesi’s
images at small size or on inferior paper)

• Acid-free paper, Smyth-sewn binding, and cloth
hardcover binding match the other volumes in the highly
regarded Classic Reprints series.

More Details

Size: 9 x 12 in in;
Pages: 400 pp / 392 b+w line illustrations pp;
Format: Hardcover
Publication: October 2013
ISBN: 9781616891046
ISBN10: 1616891041

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