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A building with numerous arches and colonnades, seen from an angle
Pen and brown ink, brown wash, over black chalk
- Production date
- 1741-1743 (circa)
Height: 135 millimetres
Width: 209 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- On stylistic grounds this can be dated to the early 1740s as it is similar to drawings for the 'Prima Parte' of 1743 like 1980,0616.28. As Robison observed, the low viewpoint and the raked angle from which the building is depicted, and indeed the structure itself, is most likely inspired by an illustration in Ferdinando Bibiena's 'Direzione a' Giovani Studenti nel Disegno dell'Architettura Civile', 1731/2, pl. 48 (illustrated in Robison, 1986, fig. 5).
Lit.: E. Croft-Murray, in exhib. cat., BM, 'Giovanni Battista Piranesi', 1968, no. 82; A. Robison, 'Piranesi: early architectural fantasies, a catalogue raisonné of the etchings', Chicago and London, 1986, p. 14, fig. 6; A. Robison, in exhib. cat., London, Royal Academy and Washington, National Gallery of Art, 'The Glory of Venice', 1994-5, no. 262
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1978 Jun-Oct, Washington, National Gallery of Art, 'Piranesi'
1994 Sept-Dec, London, Royal Academy, 'The Glory of Venice' no. 262
2020 20 Feb-9 Aug, London, BM, 'Piranesi drawings'.
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