PIRANESI

Sarah E. Lawrence
AS DESIGNER
It is the first museum exhibition to present Piranesi's full range and influence as a designer, by means of etchings, original drawings, and an impressive selection of objects. For well over a century, Piranesi studies have been largely dominated by the artist's undoubted reputation as a major graphic artist.

Renowned as one of the finest printmakers of the eighteenth century, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) is best known for his etched views of Rome and its antiquities, as well as for his highly influential suite of drawings entitled Carceri, or Imaginary Prisons. Trained as an architect, Piranesi revolutionized architecture and design through his combination of decorative elements and ornamental motifs from the Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek and Roman styles; yet his work as the designer of interiors and furnishings has been largely uncelebrated until now. Published in conjunction with a major exhibtion at the Smithsonian's Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, in 2007, Piranesi as designer features ten accessible essays and more than 300 rare illustrations that explore the far-reaching impact of Piranesi's style on three centuries of architekcture and design.

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