Giovanni Battista Piranesi
(1720 - 1778)
Giovanni Battista Piranesi was active/lived in Italy. Giovanni Piranesi is known for ancient cityscape etching and painting, modernist figure and cityscape.
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Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)
He was a major Italian printmaker, architect and antiquarian. The son of a Venetian master builder, he studied architecture and stage design, through which he became familiar with Illusionism*.
During a visit (1740) to Rome, which was then emerging as the center of European Neoclassicism*, Piranesi began his lifelong obsession with the visual diversity of the city's architecture.
He was taught (1740-44) etching*, the art form for which he remains best known, by Giuseppe Vasi. Piranesi then began to etch views of Roman architecture that reflected his deeply felt emotional response to the surviving remnants of ancient grandeur.
Piranesi's etchings, executed from the 174
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