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 Giovanni Battista Piranesi  (1720 - 1778)

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Lived/Active: Italy      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 (showing 500 of 1491 characters).

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