346. [Italian]

PIRANESI, Giovanni Battista

"Prima parte Architetture, e Prospettive inventate".

Rome, Fratelli Pagliari, 1750

2 etchings (of 20), 42 x 27; 40 x 28 cm, laid paper, signed in pl. at lower left (foxing).

Under wooden gilt frames. Possibly later impressions.

These two etchings are part of the earliest collected works published by Piranesi and dedicated to the Venetian architect Nicola Giobbe, one of the artist's early patrons in Rome. With these architectural fantasies the young Piranesi already shows many of the chief ingredients of his art such as the unorthodox combination of classical motifs, the manipulation of perspective, and the modulation of space by means of artful lighting. Our etchings consist of "Parti interiore di Carcere" and "Camera sepolcrale inventata disegnata conforme al costume". Accompanied with engr. text.
Ref. Wilton-Ely 5 and 20.

€ 300 / 400

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