Rome: Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1749-50. Notes: The Staircase with Trophies, from Carceri d'Invenzione.
Robison 34v/vi, Focillon 31, Hind 8.
Paper with watermark (Robison 82) Robison's fifth state (of 6), Robison's second edition, fourth issue. A fine 18th century Rome edition on thick laid paper.
Giovanni Battista Piranesi is celebrated for his dramatic renderings of Roman landmarks. Whereas his views of Rome are largely based on known monuments, his “imaginary prisons” are grounded in fantasy and inspired by the ancient past. Informed by the artist’s profound knowledge of classical architecture, the etching shown here features a colossal vaulted structure with intricately arranged staircases leading to spaces beyond view, seemingly going nowhere. Bewildering both in complexity and scale., Image Size : 552x403 (mm), 21.73x15.87 (Inches), Platemark Size : , Paper Size : 784x559 (mm), 30.87x22.01 (Inches), Coloring: Black & White, Medium: Copper Engraving, Categories: Architectural Piranesi;. Very Good. Item #P5307