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The Skeletons, from Grotteschi (Grotesques)

Series/Portfolio:
Grotteschi
Artist:
Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, Mogliano Veneto 1720–1778 Rome)
Date:
printed 1800–1809
Medium:
Etching, engraving, drypoint, burnishing; fourth state of five (Robison)
Dimensions:
Sheet: 21 5/8 x 31 1/2 in. (55 x 80 cm) Plate: 15 3/8 x 21 7/16 in. (39 x 54.5 cm)
Classification:
Prints
Credit Line:
Rogers Fund, Transferred from the Library, 1941
Accession Number:
41.71.1.8(30)
Not on view
The four plates of the Grotteschi were first published with the revised Prima Parte in a combination volume of the Opera Varie in 1750. This is a fourth edition plate, printed in the First Paris Edition between 1800 and 1809.
Inscription: At lower right: Piranesi F.
At lower right: 24

Marking: On verso at center: The Metropolitan Museum of Art stamp
Focillon 20; Giesecke 75; Wilton-Ely I.41.21; Hind 80-81; Robison 116.21 iv/v
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