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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|Material and technique||Etching|
Print > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Height 547 mm
Width 408 mm
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|
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|