Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778

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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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creatorOf Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778,. Invenzioni capric di carceri all acqva forte [graphic] / datte in lvce da Giovani Bvzard in Roma mercante al Corso. Getty Research Institute, Research Library
referencedIn Carney, Hayden E.,. Postal card collection, ca.1920-1929. University of Toledo, William S. Carlson Library
referencedIn Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. Letter, 1791 March 16, Philadelphia, [Pennsylvanis] to [William] Short, n.p. William & Mary Libraries
referencedIn LOMBARDY: 'Stato di Milano e sue provincie tirate dal Censimento o sia perticato di esso stato . . .', by Michel Angelo de Blasco; circa 1750. Scale circa 1:132300 for the central area. 'Scala di miglia dieci italiane' (= 140mm.) 'Presentata alle M. ..., approximately 1750 British Library
referencedIn Addition to the Prints Collection None., 1718-1945 Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center
creatorOf Piranesi, Giambattista, 1720-1778. Une des Planches des prisons [Multimédia multisupport]. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
referencedIn HAMILTON AND GREVILLE PAPERS. Vol. I (ff. 247). Contents:-(1) Correspondence and papers of Sir William Hamilton, Envoy to Naples; 2 Sept. 1754-24 June 1802, n.d. A few original letters (ff. 103, 148-150) and autograph drafts by Hamilton are included... British Library
referencedIn Mylne, Robert William, 1817-1890. Letter: 1858 Apr. 30, Carlton Chambers, 8 Regent St [London], to David Laing / Robt. W. Mylne. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Pinto, John A. Piranesi at Hadrian's villa : recordings, 1993. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
creatorOf Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778. Vedute di Roma designate ed incise da Giambattista Piranesi [picture]. Haverford College Library
referencedIn Naginski, Erika. The magnificent Piranesi [videorecording] / [sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum]. Getty Research Institute, Research Library
creatorOf Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778,. Veduta dell'avanzo del Castello, che prendendo una porzione dell'Acqua Giulia [graphic] / Piranesi Architetto fec. Boston Athenaeum
creatorOf Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778. Artist file. Brooklyn Museum Libraries & Archives
referencedIn Michel, Francisque, 1809-1887. Letter: 1839 Mar. 16, Cabinet du Ministre, Ministère de l'Instruction publique, Paris, to David Laing / Francisque Michel. University of Edinburgh - Main Library, Edinburgh University Library
referencedIn Centre canadien d'architecture. À la découverte de Rome : Piranèse et ses contemporains = Exploring Rome : Piranesi and his contemporaries : exhibition publications, 1993. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
referencedIn McCarthy, Michael J., 1939-. Andrew Lumisden : a Scotsman in Piranesi's Rome ; Rome transfigurée dans "les tableaux de l'architecture" : recordings, 1993. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
referencedIn Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778 : [miscellaneous ephemeral material]. Metropolitan Museum of Art, Thomas J. Watson Library
creatorOf Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778. Autograph letter signed, illustrated : Rome, to Charles Townley, 1772 Aug. 3. Pierpont Morgan Library.
creatorOf Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778. Giambattista Piranesi : artist file : study photographs and reproductions of works of art with accompanying documentation 1930?-1990 [graphic] [compiled by staff of The Museum of Modern Art, New York]. Frick Art Reference Library of The Frick Collection
referencedIn Halsted B. Vander Poel Campanian collection, circa 1570-1997 Getty Research Institute
creatorOf Piranesi, Giovanni Battista, 1720-1778. Two views of a marble funerary urn [art print]. Stanford University. Department of Special Collections and University Archives
referencedIn Harvard Art Museum. Exhibition Records, 1905-2008 Harvard Art Museum Archives, Harvard University
referencedIn Robison, Andrew. The marriage of Venice and Rome : what makes Piranesi great [videorecording] / [lecture by] Andrew Robison ; [sponsored by the J. Paul Getty Museum]. Getty Research Institute, Research Library
creatorOf Piranesi, Giambattista, 1720-1778. Une des Planches des prisons. Bibliothèque nationale de France, BnF
creatorOf Churchill, Sidney John Alexander, 1862-1921. Collection of prints and drawings, ca. 1500-1840. Getty Research Library
referencedIn Giambattista Piranesi : vertical file. Centre canadien d'architecture, | Canadian Centre for Architecture | CCA
referencedIn Extra-illustrated Life of Nollekens, 1708-1875, 1768-1836 Yale Center for British Art
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associatedWith Bouchard, Giovanni, person
associatedWith Carney, Hayden E., person
associatedWith Churchill, Sidney John Alexander, 1862-1921. person
associatedWith Harvard Art Museum Archives corporateBody
associatedWith Jefferson, Thomas, 1743-1826. person
associatedWith McCarthy, Michael J., 1939- person
associatedWith Michel, Francisque, 1809-1887. person
associatedWith Morgan, John P. (John Pierpont), 1918- person
associatedWith Museum of Modern Art (New York, N.Y.) corporateBody
associatedWith Mylne, Robert William, 1817-1890. person
associatedWith Pinto, John A. person
associatedWith Townley, Charles, 1737-1805, person
associatedWith Upcott, William, 1779-1845 person
associatedWith VanderPoel, Halsted B. person
associatedWith Wightman, Julia P., person
associatedWith Wrightsman, Charles, Mrs., person
Place Name Admin Code Country
Stromboli, Aeolian Islands
Italy--Rome
Italy
Rome
Naples, Italy
Italy--Rome
Aqua Julia (Rome, Italy)
Lombardy, Italy
Vesuvius, Italy
Mantua, Italy
Vienna, Austria
Subject
Urns in art
Art, Italian
Architecture in art
Aqueducts--Pictorial works
Architecture
Art--Italian (?)--Reproductions
Urns, Roman
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Artists
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Birth 1720-10-04

Death 1778-11-09

Italians

Italian

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