Fireplace With Fire, Engraving, Original Print By Piranesi, Italy, 18th Century flag


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"Fireplace With Fire, Engraving, Original Print By Piranesi, Italy, 18th Century"
Engraving depicting a fireplace project, made by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, an important Italian engraver active in the eighteenth century
In perfect state of conservation
Italy, 18th century

Dimensions: external 49 x 63 cm internal 28 x 40 cm

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, engraver, archaeologist and architect was born in Mogliano Veneto in 1720. He is considered to be the last great exponent of the 18th century Venetian engraving.
Son of Angelo, Venetian stonecutter, and Laura Lucchesi, he studied Latin and learned the basics of literature and ancient history from his brother Angelo, a Carthusian monk.
Active for most of his career in Rome, he settled there in 1740.
In Rome he is welcomed in the circle of Monsignor Giovanni Bottari, librarian of the Corsini family, a great connoisseur of engravings.
Piranesi's etching debut took place in 1743 with the series "First part of architecture and perspectives", still based on a typology of Venetian-inspired views.
Previously in fact in Venice he studied perspective and scenography but it was in Rome that he achieved great popularity with his spectacular engravings of the ancient and modern city in the series "Views" published from 1745 onwards.
In his engravings are generally represented classical ruins and ancient monuments.
Inspired initially by Marco Ricci's ruinist intuitions, Piranesi progressively transforms his style.
He often alters the size of buildings to make them look even larger than they actually are and his work has played an important role in shaping the popular mental image of the city.
Even more dramatic and original are his collections of images in "Prisons of invention" where he represents imaginary prisons.
These images are surprising and almost obsessive so much that they will later be claimed by the surrealists as an anticipation of their ideas.
In 1761 his great work appears in controversy with the current architecture: "Of its magnificence and Roman architecture" where it supports the superiority of Roman architecture over the Greek one.
In the same year he was admitted to the Academy of San Luca in Rome and opened a new shop with his own printing house.
In 1762 he published the collection of engravings "Campo Marzio dell'antica Roma".
Piranesi's activity has influenced not only architects, but also set designers and painters, such as his friend Hubert Robert, as well as leaving a strong impact on literary imagination as well.
William Beckford, for example, said that writing his Gothic novel Vathek (1786) "I drew chasms and underground cavities, the domain of fear and torture, with terrible chains, racks, wheels and motors in the style of Piranesi".
The Piranesi plates, used until 1835, are now kept in Rome at the National Chalcography.
He died in Rome in 1778 after a long illness. He is buried in the church of Santa Maria del Priorato, designed by him, by the will of Cardinal Rezzonico.
Price: 400 €
Artist: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Period: 18th century
Style: Louis 15th - Transition
Condition: Perfect condition

Material: Paper
Length: cm 28
Width: cm 40

Reference: 629147
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Fireplace With Fire, Engraving, Original Print By Piranesi, Italy, 18th Century
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