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Interior of a circular building with arches and flights of steps
Pen and brown ink
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Height: 270 millimetres
Width: 410 millimetres
- Curator's comments
- A free adaption of a design by Filippo Juvarra for one part of Scene X of Filippo Amadei's opera 'Teodosio il Giovane' published in the libretto in Rome in 1711, see M. Viale Ferrero, 'Filippo Juvarra scenografo e .architetto teatrale', Turin, 1970, fig. 42b. Another drawing in the BM (1908,0616.46) is inspired by the same source; 1908,0616.6 is also grouped with them by Bettagno. As Croft-Murray observed, the bold and slashing technique of the three drawings is somewhat reminiscent of Juvarra's manner of drawing, and it is not inconceivable that he might have seen drawings by him. Thomas dates the drawings to c.1747-53, yet there seems no reason to date them as early as this for the slashing, zigzagging penlines are found in studies of the late 1750s or even early 1760s, such as the pen drawing of a funeral monument on the verso of a chalk study related to the 'Vedute di Roma' of 1761 in the Bibliothèque Nationale, Paris (Bettagno, no. 72).
Lit.: H. Thomas, 'The Drawings of Giovanni Battista Piranesi', London, 1954, under no. 25; E. Croft-Murray, in exhib. cat., BM, 'Giovanni Battista Piranesi', 1968, no. 131; A. Bettagno, in exhib. cat., Venice, Fondazione Cini, 'Disegni di Giambattista Piranesi', 1978, no. 28; I. Seligman, 'Lines of Thought', London, 2016, no. 53, p. 95.
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- Exhibition history
1978 Aug-Oct, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, 'Piranesi', no. 28
1995 May-June, Ferens Gallery, Hull, 'Drawing the Line', no. 163
1995 Jul-Sept, Whitechapel, 'Drawing the Line', no. 163
2016 3 Sep - 6 Nov, Poole Museum, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 53
2017 1 Jan - 25 Feb, The Brynmor Jones Library Art Gallery, University of Hull, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 53
2017 12 Mar - 5 May, Ulster Museum, Belfast, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 53
2017 May - Sep, New Mexico Museum of Art, Santa Fe, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 53
2017-2018 Oct - Jan, RISD Museum, Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, 'Lines of thought: Drawing from Michelangelo to now', no. 53
2020 20 Feb-9 Aug, London, BM, 'Piranesi's drawings'.
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