Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778

Alternative names
Dates:
Birth 1720-10-04
Death 1778-11-09
Italians
Italian

Biographical notes:

The son of Angelo and Laura Piranesi, Giambattista Piranesi first came to Rome in 1740 as a young architect from Venice. He studied Roman history with an older brother, studied engraving in the studio of Giuseppe Vasi, as well as the art of perspective. In 1743, he traveled to Naples and studied painting, returning to Venice for a year when he became ill. He returned to Rome eventually moving to the Strada Felice at the Palazzo Tomati. He never left Rome after 1745 except briefly to Etruscan sites or excavations. In 1752, he married Angela Pasquini and had 3 children with her. With the Vedute di Roma, he made drawings which would then be etched, using a copper plate coated with hard varnish. "I create the effect on the copper, and make of it an original."

From the description of Vedute di Roma designate ed incise da Giambattista Piranesi [picture]. [between 1748-1778?] (Haverford College Library). WorldCat record id: 54794145

Epithet: Italian artist

British Library Archives and Manuscripts Catalogue : Person : Description : ark:/81055/vdc_100000000209.0x0002a1

Italian artist.

From the description of Autograph letter signed, illustrated : Rome, to Charles Townley, 1772 Aug. 3. (Unknown). WorldCat record id: 270872110

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Subjects:

  • Urns in art
  • Art, Italian
  • Architecture in art
  • Aqueducts--Pictorial works
  • Architecture
  • Art--Italian (?)--Reproductions
  • Urns, Roman

Occupations:

  • Artists

Places:

  • Stromboli, Aeolian Islands (as recorded)
  • Italy--Rome (as recorded)
  • Italy (as recorded)
  • Rome (as recorded)
  • Naples, Italy (as recorded)
  • Italy--Rome (as recorded)
  • Aqua Julia (Rome, Italy) (as recorded)
  • Lombardy, Italy (as recorded)
  • Vesuvius, Italy (as recorded)
  • Mantua, Italy (as recorded)
  • Vienna, Austria (as recorded)