from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • Piranesi, Giambattista 1720-1778. Italian architect and artist. His etchings of Rome and its ruins contributed to the revival of neoclassicism.


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  • It might be nearer the mark to call Piranesi -- though all such comparisons are thorns in the critical flesh -- the Salvator Rosa of architecture, for there is much of Salvator's unbridled violence, fantasy, and genius for deforming the actual that is to be encountered in some of Piranesi's works.

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  • "Piranesi" presents a collection of prints by influential Venetian architect and etcher Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), depicting architectural fantasies and Roman cityscapes.

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  • Those first excavators maintained informal diaries as eighteenth - and nineteenth-century architects and artists such as Piranesi and Mazois drew maps and sections and rendered the wall paintings in vibrant watercolors.

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  • Facing it, one of those black dungeons such as Piranesi alone of all men has pictured.

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  • Piranesi indulged this conceit to repletion in his fantasy rendering of the Appian Way, wherein an enormous, tightly packed heap of garish, ill-assorted temples and palaces stretches to the horizon.

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  • Among the engravings of Giambattista Piranesi, the unemployed Venetian designer who came to Rome in the 1740s and began producing popular cityscapes, are a number of strange, almost surreal still lifes of ancient carved fragments.

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  • Piranesi's Appian Way is a hoarder's Rome, a caricature of pathological accumulation.

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  • Ceri Hand Gallery, to 23 JulRCPablo Bronstein is like a 21st-century Piranesi with political chops.

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  • The Chicago Sun-Times gave The Cabinet a rave review: The “stage” is a giant, off-kilter dresser with various drawers and doors that open to reveal a disorienting, Piranesi-like world of black-and white.

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  • The canal excited me as the ruins of ancient Rome excited Piranesi, but I could not put the six miles I wanted to commemorate in a single picture.

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