Piranesi as Designer
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Design for a Frontispiece, Scroll Surmounted by Crown and Foliage; Corner of Sarcophagus, Sistum, Lantern, Portrait Medallion, Feather, Fasces, etc., ca. 1744–45

This study for a title page shows the impact of Italian artist Giovanni Domenico Tiepolo’s (1696–1770) vibrancy of light and fluency of line on Piranesi’s handling of the powerful masonry forms of Rome.