Piranesi as Designer
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Chimneypiece designed for John Hope, from diverse maniere d’adornare..., 1769

As in many of the plates of the Diverse maniere, Piranesi set the Hope chimneypiece within a decorative interior which drew on antique sources, such as the military trophies of Marius (then on the Capitoline Hill) and the exquisite, trellis-like wall paintings from Herculaneum and Pompeii.