The making of the work_Part II

The Art of Piranesi: architect, engraver, antiquarian, vedutista, designer

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Helix Tripod

The second Piranesi tripod in production at voxelstudios. Here is the Zbrush model being compared to the original etching.



This is an early rendering modelled in Zbrush. The finished tripod has been cast in bronze.

Screenshot taken at voxelstudios of a close-up. The image shows development of the interior creeper


The image shows surface details in the central spiral of the goat horns

A screen grab from a STL file created by voxelstudios

The resin prototype prepared by Materialise.

The bronze cast tripod being compared to it's orginal etching.

Piranesi's tripod during assembly (left). Final assembly of Piranesi's tripod (right)

Gold plated sections of Piranesi's tripod (detail)

The routed alabaster top to Piranesi's tripod.

The finished tripod


The Helix tripod as seen in the exhibition


A rendering of the central section of the ornate coffeepot designed by Piranesi and included in “Diverse Maniere...”. This object clearly demonstrates Piranesi's interest in the growth and development of natural form and his interest in applying this form to his philosophy of design.

The underlying geometry of Piranesi?s coffeepot while being modelled at voxelstudios, Madrid.

Designing the spout of the coffeepot, in the form of a bee, at voxelsudios, Madrid.


Progress of the 3D modelling at voxelstudios, Madrid


The coffeepot prototype in resin by Materialise, Belgium.


The finished nickel plated coffeepot before the final polishing

The nickel plated coffeepot

Made from the negative mold, below are the electrolysis and handmade silver positives








Factum Arte's Javier Barreno with the routed polystyrene vase in low resolution

An assembled section of the high resolution stereo-lithographically printed vase before moulding

Assembling the mould to cast the side of the vase

The vase being assembled

The four corners of Factum Arte's warehouse III in Madrid.

The vase with the first griffon

The vase with three griffons

The Vase as seen in the exhibition


Michele de Lucchi and Adam Lowe inspecting a real-size model for the chair

A selection of elements for the chair during production


The shell-shaped back of the chair in an early stage











Factum Arte's Eva Marí Segovia carrying out gilding tests with gold leaf





Before the gold leaf is applied there needs to be a tri-coloured base for tone


The final gilded chair






Santa Maria del Priorato

Factum Arte's team visited Santa Maria del Priorato in Rome to document the church's architecture and designs by Giambattista Piranesi. In addition to the realisation of the objects by Piranesi, a selection of these high resolution photographs is shown within the first section of the exhibition at Fondazione Giorgio Cini in Venice. The images have been produced as multi layered pigment prints. A selection of the photographs taken of Piranesi’s only realised architectural project will be made as a small edition.








Virtual Carceri

For the exhibition The Art of Piranesi: architect, engraver, antiquarian, view-maker, designer (Le Arti di Piranesi: architetto, incisore, antiquario, vedutista, designer) Gregoire Dupond has created a virtual animation of the 16 etchings from the Carceri series. Working from the second state of each print, a complex 3D environment has been assembled creating the sensation that you are walking into and around these contradictory and visionary spaces. The Carceri are the 'prisons of Piranesi's imagination'. The exhibition reveals how he managed to escape from the prison and turn his interest in the antique into a rich source material for his own sense of design and architecture.

The opening room of the exhibition contains a structure designed by Michele De Lucchi that houses 2 screens showing this twelve minute animation continuously.

Above, the 12 minute animation of Piranesi's Carceri d'Invenzione series made by Gregoire Dupond at Factum Arte specifically for the exhibition. This series of 16 visionary images, originally etched by Piranesi when in his late 20's, shows the workings of his imagination, merging his architectural ambitions with his obsessive interest in antiquity. Watching Gregoire Dupond's animation is literally like entering Piranesi's mind. A CD containing both high resolution reproductions of the prints and the complete video will de released soon.

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