- Museum number
Caricature of Giovanni Battista Piranesi facing to the left: drawing from an album.
Pen and brown ink
- Production date
- 1749 (22 August)
Height: 110 millimetres
Width: 82 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- See 1859,0806.91 for comment and description of album.
In the inscription Ghezzi describes Piranesi as a copper engraver [sic] and a good architect.
As noted by Rostirolla, Piranesi's work was used for many stage settings of dramas performed in Rome at the time.
Lit.: G. Rostirolla, Il ‘Mondo novo’ musicale di Pier Leone Ghezzi. Milan 2001, no. 291, pp. 223 and 411 (Rostirolla also records a full length caricature of Piranesi based on the present one under no. 292. The caricature is not in the Pierpont Morgan Library, as indicated by Rostirolla, but in the National Gallery in Washington, acc. no. 1997.107.1).
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
2020 20 Feb-9 Aug, London, BM, 'Piranesi drawings' (ex-catalogue)
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