Piranesi as Designer
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the imperial mausoleum (mausoleo antico), from prima parte di architetture e prospettive, 1743

The Prima parte, Piranesi’s first publication, presented imaginary buildings and ancient ruins in an invented landscape. This view of a colossal mausoleum shows his unorthodox combination of classical elements. The manipulation of scale, perspective, and lighting creates a striking visual effect.