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Piranesi, Giovanni Battista 1720-1778

Works: 3,031 works in 4,616 publications in 10 languages and 28,499 library holdings
Genres: History  Art  Catalogs  Pictorial works  Exhibition catalogs  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Portraits  Bibliography  Biography  Juvenile works 
Roles: Author, Engraver, Illustrator, Artist, Editor, Manufacturer , Honoree, Dedicatee, Inventor, Other, Etcher, Creator, Publisher, Engineer
Classifications: DG311, 937
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The decline and fall of the Roman Empire by Edward Gibbon( Book )

15 editions published between 1946 and 2009 in English and held by 914 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

'It was at Rome, on the 15th of October 1764, as I sat musing amid the ruins of the capitol, while the barefooted friars were singing vespers in the temple of Jupiter, that the idea of writing the decline and fall of the city first started to my mind,' recorded Edward Gibbon with characteristic exactitude. Over a period of some twenty years, the luminous eighteenth-century historian--a precise, dapper, idiosyncratic little gentleman famous for rapping his snuff-box--devoted his considerable genius to writing an epic chronicle of the entire Roman Empire's decline. His single flash of inspiration produced what is arguably the greatest historical work in any language--and surely the most magnificent narrative history ever written in English. 'Gibbon is one of those few who hold as high a place in the history of literature as in the roll of great historians,' noted Professor J.B. Bury, his most celebrated editor. This three-volume Modern Library edition of The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire--with Gibbon's notes--is edited with a general introduction and index by Bury, along with an introduction by Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Daniel J. Boorstin. The Volumes are illstrated with reproductions of etchings by Gian Battista Piranesi. The first volume contains chapters one through twenty-six of The Decline and fall of the Roman Empire
Piranesi--early architectural fantasies : a catalogue raisonné of the etchings by Andrew Robison( Book )

9 editions published between 1985 and 1994 in English and held by 612 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Piranesi as architect and designer by John Wilton-Ely( Book )

4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 548 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Views of Rome, then and now by Herschel Levit( Book )

4 editions published in 1976 in English and held by 526 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Rome remembered by Werner Bergengruen( Book )

21 editions published between 1966 and 1982 in 3 languages and held by 327 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Observations on the letter of Monsieur Mariette : with opinions on architecture, and a preface to a new treatise on the introduction and progress of the fine arts in Europe in ancient times by Giovanni Battista Piranesi( Book )

9 editions published between 1765 and 2002 in English and Italian and held by 286 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The engraver and designer Giovanni Battista Piranesi published this lively three-part defense of Roman architectural "invention" in 1765, just as the "beautiful and noble simplicity" of ancient Greek art was becoming a tenet of Western aesthetics. An impassioned plea for a Roman-Style eclecticism that draws freely on all artistic forms and traditions, Piranesi's Observations anticipates the contemporary debate between devotees of a rational, minimal architecture and advocates of an architecture rich in ornament and historical references."--BOOK JACKET
Piranesi as designer by Cooper-Hewitt Museum( Book )

4 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 226 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Renowned as one of the finest printmakers of the eighteenth century, Giovanni Battista Piranesi is best known for his etched views of Rome and its antiquities, as well as for his highly influential suite of drawings entitled Carceri, or Imaginary Prisons. Trained as an architect, Piranesi revolutionized architecture and design through his combination of decorative elements and ornamental motifs from the Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, and Roman styles; yet his work as the designer of interiors and furnishings has been largely uncelebrated. Published in conjunction with a major exhibition at the Smithsonian s Cooper-Hewitt, National Design Museum, Piranesi as Designer explores the far-reaching impact of Piranesi s modernist style on three centuries of architecture and design."--Amazon
Piranesi : catalogue by John Wilton-Ely( Book )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 203 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Piranesi, Paestum & Soane by John Wilton-Ely( Book )

6 editions published between 2002 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 188 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A renowned scholar examines the beauty and impact of drawings and prints by Piranesi, as well as the Italian architect's relationship with his friend and colleague Sir John Soane. An 18th-century architect and printmaker, Giovanni Battista Piranesi was a lifelong champion of Rome, publishing more than 1,000 etchings of the Eternal City and its ancient monuments. Piranesi's English contemporary Sir John Soane was also an architect specializing in the neoclassical style. When the two artists met, they formed a profound and complex creative and intellectual relationship that nurtured Soane's later career. Among Soane's greatest legacies is the London museum that bears his name, and some of its most important holdings are a number of preparatory drawings Piranesi developed for a publication on the Greek temples at Paestum. These drawings are accomplished examples of Piranesi's topographical observation and great works of art in their own right. This book offers exquisite reproductions of the drawings as well as 30 additional works from Piranesi's oeuvre. Together they offer a unique understanding of early Greek classical architecture seen through the work of an 18th-century master
The annals by Cornelius Tacitus( Book )

1 edition published in 1982 in English and held by 163 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Tacitus' 'Annals' recounts the major historical events from the years shortly before the death of Augustus to the death of Nero in AD 68. Despite his claim that the 'Annals' were written objectively, Tacitus' account is sharply critical of the emperors' excesses and fearful for the future of imperial Rome
Disegni di Giambattista Piranesi : catalogo by Alessandro Bettagno( Book )

6 editions published in 1978 in Italian and held by 155 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The polemical works, Rome 1757, 1761, 1765, 1769 by Giovanni Battista Piranesi( Book )

14 editions published between 1972 and 2001 in 3 languages and held by 149 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Vedute di Roma by Giovanni Battista Piranesi( Book )

56 editions published between 1748 and 2000 in 5 languages and held by 140 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Giovanni Battista Piranesi : die poetische Wahrheit by Corinna Höper( Book )

10 editions published in 1999 in German and held by 133 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Raderinger af den italienske grafiker Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)
Etchings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, 1720-1778; [catalogue of an exhibition held at] P. & D. Colnaghi & Co., Ltd ..., 13th December 1973-4th January 1974 by P. & D. Colnaghi & Co( Book )

1 edition published in 1973 in English and held by 121 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Ioannis Baptistae Piranesii ... De Romanorvm magnificentia et architectvra by Giovanni Battista Piranesi( Book )

33 editions published between 1761 and 1993 in 4 languages and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The mind and art of Giovanni Battista Piranesi by John Wilton-Ely( Book )

23 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in 6 languages and held by 103 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Leven en werk van de Italiaanse architect-etser-archeoloog (1720-1778)
Le carceri by Giovanni Battista Piranesi( Book )

22 editions published between 1760 and 2011 in 4 languages and held by 89 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le antichità romane by Giovanni Battista Piranesi( Book )

37 editions published between 1750 and 1976 in 5 languages and held by 85 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Drawings by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Illustrated catalogue of an exhibition, January 10, 1949 to March 19, 1949 by Pierpont Morgan Library( Book )

3 editions published in 1949 in English and held by 84 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

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Giambattista Piranesi

Giovanni Battista Piranesi


Piranèse 1720-1778

Piranèse, Giovanni Battista

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Piranèse, I.B. 1720-1778

Piranèse, Jean-Baptiste

Piranèse, Jean-Baptiste 1720-1778

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Piranesi, G.

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Piranesi, G. B.

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Piranesi, G. B. (Giovanni Battista), 1720-1778.

Piranesi , Giambatista

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Piranesi, Giambattista 1720-1778

Piranesi, Gian Battista

Piranesi, Gian Battista 1720-1778

Piranesi, Gio. Batta.

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Piranesi, Giov. Batt.

Piranesi, Giovambat 1720-1778

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Piranesi, Giovan Battista 1720-1778

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Piranesi , Giovanni Battista

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Piranesi, Jean B. 1720-1778

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Piranesi, Joannis B. 1720-1778

Piranesi, Johannes B. 1720-1778

Piranesius, Joannes B. 1720-1778

Piranesius, Johannes Baptist 1720-1778

Piranesus, Joannes B. 1720-1778

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Piranesus, Johannes Baptist 1720-1778

Piranezi, Dzhovanni Battista

Piranezi, Dzhovanni Battista 1720-1778

Piranezi, Džovanni Battista 1720-1778

Пиранези, Джованни-Баттиста 1720-1778


ピラネージ, ジョヴァンニ・バッティスタ

Piranesi as architect and designerViews of Rome, then and nowObservations on the letter of Monsieur Mariette : with opinions on architecture, and a preface to a new treatise on the introduction and progress of the fine arts in Europe in ancient timesPiranesi as designerVedute di RomaThe prisons (Le carceri); the complete first and second statesGiovanni Battista Piranesi : the complete etchings = Gesamtkatalog der Kupferstiche = catalogue raisonné des eaux-fortes