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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
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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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