Piranesi as Designer
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Portrait of Giovanni Battista Piranesi as an Antique Bust, 1750

This etching by Piranesi’s close friend Felice Polanzani shows the artist, aged thirty, as a Janus figure—half antique fragment and half modern architect—in his chosen role as the interpreter of the classical past for modern designers.

Chimneypiece for John Hope

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Design for a Commode

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Design for a Fountain

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

design for a side table

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

designs for two commodes

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

sketch design for a monumental candelabrum

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

sketch design for part of a table

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Wine Cooler

Edward Barnard & Sons