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Design for a tripod
Pen and brown ink, some marks and calculations in red chalk
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Height: 163 millimetres
Width: 75 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- In the 1770s Piranesi turned his hand to dealing in classical antiquities, including the creation of pieces artfully constructed from various classical fragments. The present drawing is an idea for such a fabricated piece, in this case, as Wilton-Ely noted, a tripod whose shape and in particular its lions' feet are inspired by an ancient altar in S. Maria della Stella, Albano reproduced in Piranesi's series of 'Antichità di Albano e di Castel Gandolfo' of 1764 (J. Wilton-Ely, 'Giovanni Battista Piranesi, the complete etchings', San Francisco, 1994, II, no. 650).
Lit.: H.O. Corfiato, 'Piranesi compositions', London, 1951, no. 49b; E. Croft-Murray, in exhib. cat., BM, 'Giovanni Battista Piranesi', 1968, no. 180; J. Wilton-Ely, in exhib. cat., London, South Bank, 'Piranesi', 1978, no. 310c; A. Bettagno, in exhib. cat., Venice, Fondazione Cini, 'Disegni di Giambattista Piranesi', 1978, no. 45
- Not on display
- Exhibition history
1968 BM, 'Piranesi', no. 37
1978 Aug-Oct, Venice, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 'Piranesi', no. 45
1978 London, Hayward Gallery, 'Piranesi', no. 310c
1998 Sep-Dec, Rome, Grand Priory of Rome, 'Piranesi'
2007/8 Sep-Jan, New York, Cooper Hewitt Museum, 'Piranesi as Designer'
2008 Feb-May, Haarlem, Teylers Museum, 'Piranesi as Designer'
2020 20 Feb-9 Aug, London, BM, 'Piranesi drawings'.
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