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    DescriptionOne the greatest architectural artists of all time, and certainly the most famous copper engraver of the 18th century, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) is most known for his terrifyingly original series of etchings of labyrinthine and megalomaniac prisons, "Carceri d'Invenzione". In his own day, he was most celebrated for his "Vedute", 137 etchings of ancient and modern Rome; so renowned were these startling and dramatic chiaroscuro images, imbued with Piranesi's romantic feeling for archaeological ruins, that they formed the mental picture of Rome for generations after. Indeed, Piranesi could be said to have shaped a whole strain of contemporary architecture, as well as the wider visualization of antiquity itself. In our time, he has had a direct influence on writers such as Borges and Kafka and on filmmakers such as Terry Gilliam and Peter Greenaway. Anyone who contemplates Piranesi's etchings will confront the existential nightmare of human existence and its infinite mysteries.

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    Authors and contributors
    By (author) Luigi Ficacci
    Physical properties
    Format: Hardback
    Number of pages: 800
    Width: 254 mm
    Height: 320 mm
    Thickness: 76 mm
    Weight: 4,200 g
    ISBN 13: 9783836531962
    ISBN 10: 3836531968

    Nielsen BookScan Product Class 3: T1.2
    B&T Merchandise Category: GEN
    B&T Book Type: NF
    BIC time period qualifier V2: 3JF
    BIC E4L: ART
    BIC subject category V2: AGB, AFH
    B&T Modifier: Academic Level: 01
    B&T Modifier: Subject Development: 01
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 05
    DC22: 709
    Ingram Theme: CULT/ITALY, CHRN/18CNTY
    BISAC V2.8: ART015000
    B&T Modifier: Geographic Designator: 22
    Abridged Dewey: 720
    LC classification: NA
    B&T General Subject: 130
    Ingram Subject Code: AR
    B&T Modifier: Region of Publication: 04
    B&T Approval Code: A05120000
    Warengruppen-Systematik des deutschen Buchhandels: 15850
    BISAC V2.8: ARC005000, ARC004000
    BIC subject category V2: ACQ, 3JF
    BISAC V2.8: ART016030, ARC006020
    Libri: ARCH8012, ARCH6000, BAUB5012, P0041759
    B&T Approval Code: A03607000
    DC23: 767.092
    Thema V1.0: AGB, AMX, AMB, AMC, AMD
    Multilingual edition
    Edition statement
    Illustrations note
    zahlreiche farbige Abbildungen
    Taschen GmbH
    Imprint name
    Taschen GmbH
    Publication date
    01 November 2011
    Publication City/Country
    Author Information
    Luigi Ficacci studied Art History in Rome under Giulio Carlo Argan. He is curator at the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica in Rome and lectures at different Italian universities. The focal points of his research work are the issues raised by 17th and 18th century and contemporary Italian art.
    Review quote
    "As savage as Salvator Rosa, fierce as Michelangelo, and exuberant as Rubens." -- Horace Walpole "Piranesi was as savage as Salvator Rosa, fierce as Michelangelo, and exuberant as Rubens... he has imagined scenes that would startle geometry and exhaust the Indies to realize." -- Horace Walpole "An artistic homage to a genius." -- Frankfurter Rundschau"