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The Drawbridge

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An important part of the museum's collection of graphic art is formed by the almost twohundred etchings done by the Italian artist and architect, Giovanni Battista Piranesi. He transferred his dreams and fantasies into a major series of etchings. Even during his lifetime these earned him great fame. Initially, he limited his work to making romantic impressions of vast ruins from Roman antiquity. Later he made his own architectural creations on paper, works with a stunning and terrifying impact - especially the series 'Carceri' (dungeons). They conjure up immense buildings through which staircases wind endlessly and a human being is a miniscule detail becoming more and more insignificant. The hallucinatory nature of these works is strengthened by the fact that the perspective makes the scene increasingly complicated and impenetrable.

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Title The Drawbridge
Material and technique Etching
Object type
Print > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Location This object is in storage
Dimensions Height 547 mm
Width 408 mm
Artists Uitgever: Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Accession number L 1952/34 (PK)
Credits Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with the support of: Stichting Lucas van Leyden 1952
Department Drawings & Prints
Acquisition date 1952
Age artist About 41 years old
External exhibitions Boijmans bij de Buren - De duizelingwekkende verbeelding van Piranesi (2019)
Etching > Manual > Intaglio printing techniques > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique
Geographical origin Italy > Southern Europe > Europe

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Mogliano 1720 - Rome 1778

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