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.

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