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“I need to produce great ideas, and I believe that if I were commissioned to design a new universe, I would be mad enough to undertake it.” Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Giovanni Battista Piranesi was an Italian Printmaker born on October 4, 1720. Battista Piranesi contributed to the Neoclassical and Baroque movements and died on November 17, 1778.

Arch of Titus, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Arch of Titus 1748

Architecture, Perspectives, Grotesques, Antiquities, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Architecture, Perspectives, Grotesques, Antiquities 1749

The Grand Piazza, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Grand Piazza 1750

The Pyramid of Caius Cestius, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Pyramid of Caius Cestius 1755

Appian Way, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Appian Way 1756

Elevation and Plan of Theater of Marcellus, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Elevation and Plan of Theater of Marcellus 1756

Plan of a Tomb on the Appian Way in Vigna Buonamici, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Plan of a Tomb on the Appian Way in Vigna Buonamici 1756

Plan of Rome, from Le Antichità Romane, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Plan of Rome, from Le Antichità Romane 1756

Imaginary Prisons: Title Plate, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Imaginary Prisons: Title Plate 1761

The Man on the Rack, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

The Man on the Rack 1761

Ponte Molle, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Ponte Molle 1762

Della Magnificenza e d'Architettura de' Romani, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Della Magnificenza e d'Architettura de' Romani 1765

Temple of Bacchus, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Temple of Bacchus 1767

Hadrian's Villa, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Hadrian's Villa 1768

Interior Views of Rome, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Interior Views of Rome 1768

Caffè degli Inglesi, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Caffè degli Inglesi 1769

Chimneypiece in Greek Style, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Chimneypiece in Greek Style 1769

Chimneypiece: Frieze of Trophies and Winged Victories, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Chimneypiece: Frieze of Trophies and Winged Victories 1769

Waterfalls at Tivoli, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Waterfalls at Tivoli 1769

Aqueduct of Nero, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Aqueduct of Nero 1775

View of St. Peter's and the Piazza, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

View of St. Peter's and the Piazza 1775

Hadrian's Villa: The Piazza d'Oro, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Hadrian's Villa: The Piazza d'Oro 1776

Catalogo delle Opere, Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Catalogo delle Opere 1861

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