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.
Dan Eames asked
Is it possible to make an appointment to view this item: "The Drawbridge" by Piranesi.
Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen answered
Dear Dan, we are just starting to offer this service.There will be information on the website soon. For now I passed your question to the colleague who organizes it and she will be in touch with you. Best, Els
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|Material and technique||Etching|
Print > Two-dimensional object > Art object
|Location||This object is in storage|
Height 547 mm
Width 408 mm
Giovanni Battista Piranesi
|Accession number||L 1952/34 (PK)|
|Credits||Aankoop met steun van / Purchase with support of: Stichting Lucas van Leyden 1952|
|Department||Drawings & Prints|
|Age artist||About 41 years old|
|Exhibitions||Rotterdam 1953; Amsterdam 1997; Maastricht 1998; Rotterdam 1998; Sint-Niklaas 1999; Rotterdam 2006; Haarlem 2008; Rotterdam 2009 (coll 2 kw 1-2); Rotterdam 2015; Rotterdam 2019|
|Literature||Focillon 1918, no. 30; Hind 1922, no. 7; Rotterdam 1953, nos. 15-30, pl. 3; Robison 1986, no. 33; Wilton-Ely 1994, no. 32; Amsterdam 1997, no. VII, ill.; Maastricht 1998, pl. 9; Rotterdam 1998, ill.; Rotterdam 2006, ill.; Rotterdam 2015, no. 33|
Etching > Manual > Intaglio printing techniques > Printing technique > Technique > Material and technique
|Geographical origin||Italy > Southern Europe > Europe|