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Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Making a solid living from Etchings

October 4, 1720November 17, 1778

Making a solid living from Etchings

“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

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1748
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1749
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1750
The Pyramid of Caius Cestius

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1755
Plan of Rome / From Le Antichità Romane

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1756
Appian Way

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1756
Elevation and Plan of Theater of Marcellus

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

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1756
Imaginary Prisons: Title Plate

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1761
The Man on the Rack

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1761
Ponte Molle

Ponte Molle

1762
Della Magnificenza e d'Architettura de' Romani

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1765
Temple of Bacchus

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1767
Hadrian's Villa

Hadrian's Villa

1768
Interior Views of Rome

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1768
Caffè degli Inglesi

Caffè degli Inglesi

1769
Chimneypiece in Greek Style

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1769
Waterfalls at Tivoli

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1769
Chimneypiece: Frieze of Trophies and Winged Victories

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1769
View of St. Peter's and the Piazza

View of St. Peter's and the Piazza

1775
Aqueduct of Nero

Aqueduct of Nero

1775
Hadrian's Villa: The Piazza d'Oro

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1776
Catalogo delle Opere

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1861
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