Piranesi's objects

Factum Arte has collaborated with Fondazione Giorgio Cini on the production of a exhibition, curated by Michele De Lucchi, about Italian printmaker and connoisseur Giambattista Piranesi. The exhibition, The Art of Piranesi: architect, engraver, antiquarian, vedutista, designer (Le Arti di Piranesi: architetto, incisore, antiquario, vedutista, designer), has been showcased at Venice Biennial of Architecture, in the Sale del Convitto on the island of San Giorgio Maggiore, Venice, from 28th August until 9th January 2011.

The Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720 -1778) was a man of exceptional skill whose vision contributed greatly to our understanding of Classical art and architecture. Initially Piranesi trained as an architect but went on to become an inspirational print-maker, publisher, archaeologist, antiquarian, dealer and, most importantly for the theme of this exhibition, a designer. His eclectic taste has had widespread and profound influence in particular on the Neoclassical styles that emerged in England and France in the 18th century.

These objects selected from the artist's designs have been chosen by Adam Lowe, Alessandro Martoni and Michele de Lucchi in conjunction with the leading authority on Piranesi's work, John Wilton-Ely. The objects primarily come from Vasi, Candelabri, Cippi, Sarcofagi, Tripode and from Diverse maniere d'adornare i cammini ed ogni altra parte degli edifizi. Whilst others are based on antique fragments discovered in Hadrian's Villa.

2020 Giambattista Piranesi. Architetto senza tempo, Palazzo Sturm, Bassano del Grappa
2018 Piranesi, Museo Reale, Turin
2017 Piranesi, Palazzo Braschi, Rome
2014 Diverse Maniere: Piranesi, Fantasy and Excess, Sir John Soane´s Museum, London
2012 Las artes de Piranesi, Caixaforum Madrid, 2012
2010 The Art of Piranesi, Fondazione Giorgio Cini, Venice

Isis Tripod




Altar with vase

Helix Tripod



Virtual Carceri

An animation by Grégoire Dupond for Factum Arte

Santa Maria del Priorato

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