Piranesi as Designer
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imaginary architectural composition with inscription from sallust in osservazioni sopra la lettre de m. mariette, fromparere su l’architettura: della introduzione e del progresso delle belle arti in europa de’ tempi antichi, 1767

This extravagant façade from Piranesi’s manifesto of design, the Parere su l’Architettura (Opinions on Architecture), combines virtually all known systems of antique ornament: Greek, Egyptian, Roman, and Etruscan. Piranesi challenged his critics with an inscription from the Roman historian Sallust: Novitatem meam comtemnunt, ego illorum ignaviam (“They despise my novelty, I their timidity”).

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