The Giant Wheel, from the series Carceri d’invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Piranesi’s Carceri d’invenzione was first issued as a series of fourteen images in 1749-50. Starting in 1761 he substantially reworked the plates by adding strong tonal contrasts and expressive details, as well as two additional prints to the series. Piranesi’s expressive method of scratching out the image with the etching needle was a stylistic effect […]

Veduta della Piazza di Monte Cavallo, from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome)

Piranesi’s profound admiration for ancient Rome led to his Vedute di Roma series, which comprises 135 views of Roman ruins and modern buildings produced over thirty years, from about 1748 until his death in 1778. They were printed and sold as individual sheets or in collections; the prints were dispersed throughout the continent by travelers […]