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Piranesi the Complete Etchings

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The great 18th century architectural artist and master engraver "Piranesi was as savage as Salvator Rosa, fierce as Michelangelo, and exuberant as Rubens he has imagined scenes that would startle geometry and exhaust the Indies to realize." --Horace Walpole

One the greatest architectural artists of all time, and certainly the most famous copper engraver of the 18th century

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Hardcover, 799 pages
Published December 1st 1999 by Taschen
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Eisnein
Giovanni Battista Piranesi: Hell's Architect

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Hell's Architect? It sounds cool, and it does conform with the artist's rep, and the fantastically sadistic prisons Dante might have found a way to work into his rhyming tour of the Inferno. It's not remotely accurate, but who gives a shit about accuracy? Piranesi did, oddly enough, and conscientiously spent a large part of his life capturing on paper the crumbling remnants of Ancient Rome as they existed a couple centuries ago. His reputation for da
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John Jeffcoat iii
I saw a Piranesi sketch print framed in a local restaurant ("A Group of Columns") and I was very taken with the level of detail in the "imagined architecture" of super-elaborate and complex, ridiculously-oversied, buildings that were never built , but that existed only in the mind of this very talented sketch artist / draftsman / architect / dreamer who lived in the 1700's.

This is a hardcover two-book-set that comes in a slipcase that holds the two volumes together. It is printed on very high-qu
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Thorlakur
Oct 04, 2015 Thorlakur rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
In two massive volumes the complete etchings of Piranesi brings Roman antiquity magnificently back to life.
Bill
Feb 28, 2016 Bill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
The etchings are fabulous, of course, but the book would have been worth five stars if the text had provided context. It's academic and dense but it does not illuminate the images.
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