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The Grand Piazza, from Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Series/Portfolio:
Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)
Artist:
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)
Publisher:
Giovanni Bouchard (French, ca. 1716–1795)
Date:
ca. 1749–50
Medium:
Etching, engraving, sulphur tint or open bite, burnishing; first state of six (Robison)
Dimensions:
Sheet: 25 1/16 x 19 7/16 in. (63.6 x 49.4 cm) Plate: 21 5/16 x 16 1/4 in. (54.2 x 41.2 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Harris Brisbane Dick Fund, 1937
Accession Number:
37.45.3(22)
Not on view
Marking: On verso at lower left: The Metropolitan Museum of Art stamp
On the mat, typewritten: "The greatest etcher of archietcture that has ever lived, PIranesi was responsible for the classical fashion in interior decoration that invaded England as 'Adam' and France as 'Empire'. He was the great original of whom Hubert Robert was the pale reflection."
James Franck Bright; Vendor: James Rimell & Son
Focillon 13.27; Robison 152.31 i/vi; Hind 25-26.4 i/iii; Wilton-Ely I.54.29
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