Piranesi as Designer
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preparatory drawing for the etched plate iv of the “carceri d’invenzione,” ca. 1749

Piranesi used few preparatory drawings, and preferred to etch directly onto the copperplate. Among the few surviving drawings for the Carceri, this study for the “Gothic Arch” was produced after the initial etching, possibly to analyze further the complex system of spatial layers and tonal drama.