Giovanni Battista Piranesi : the complete etchings = Gesamtkatalog der Kupferstiche = Catalogue raisonné des eaux-fortes /
[introduction by] Luigi Ficacci.
Köln : Taschen, c2000.
799 p. : ill., port. ; 26 cm.
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Köln : Taschen, c2000.
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Text in English, German and French.
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Includes bibliographical references (p. [778]-782) and index.
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There seems to be no end to publications on the 18th-century Italian printmaker, architect, archaeologist, and theoretician Piranesi, famous for his dramatic and detailed views of ancient and modern Rome. Studies on him and reproductions of his works have increased since the bicentennial of his death in 1978. Perhaps the leading Piranesi scholar is John Wilton-Ely, author of numerous studies including The Mind and Art of Giovanni Battista Piranesi (CH, Nov'78) and Piranesi as Architect and Designer (CH, Feb'94). During his lifetime, Piranesi published incomplete etchings lists. Henri Focillon (1918) produced the first complete catalogue raisonne, alas, unillustrated, followed by Arthur Hind's 1922 work (reprinted, 1978), with a more detailed discussion of the Views of Rome. Most recently, Wilton-Ely produced Giovanni Battista Piranesi: The Complete Etchings (CH, Sep'94). The publication under review is completely illustrated in one volume, though the plates are paler and vary in size compared with Wilton-Ely. The introduction, "The Discovery of Rome out of the Spirit of Piranesi" by Luigi Ficacci (Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica Roma), is very good. Text in English, French, and Italian; complete bibliography, although the original Focillon catalog is difficult to find. Complete list of exhibition catalogs; very good index. Both books have concordances of the print listing. General readers; upper-division undergraduates through faculty. T. J. McCormick; Wheaton College (MA)
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Table of Contents
Introduction: The Discovery of Rome out of the Spirit of Piranesi/Einfuhrung: Die Entdeckung Roms aus dem Geiste Piranesi/Introduction: La decouverte de Rome dans l'esprit de Piranesip. 8
Catalogue of the Complete Etchings/Gesamtkatalog der Kupferstiche/Catalogue raisonne des eaux-fortes
Catalogo delle Opere/Catalogue of Works/Katalog der Werke/Catalogue des oeuvresp. 52
Prima Parte di Architectture e Prospettive/Part One of Architecture and Perspectives/Erster Teil der Architekturen und Ansichten/Premiere partie d'architectures et de perspectivesp. 54
Vedute delle Ville e d'altri luoghi della Toscana/Views of the Villas and other Sites of Tuscany/Ansichten von Villen und anderen Statten der Toskana/Vues des villas et autres lieux de la Toscanep. 68
Varie vedute di Roma antica e moderna/Various Views of Ancient and Modern Rome/Verschiedene Ansichten des antiken und modernen Rom/Diverses vues de la Rome antique et modernep. 70
Nuova Pianta di Roma/New Plan of Rome/Neuer Rom-Plan/Nouveau plan de Romep. 100
Alcune vedute di Archi Trionfali, ed altri monumenti/Some Views of Triumphal Arches and other Monuments/Einige Ansichten antiker Triumphbogen und anderer Bauwerke/Quelques vues d'arcs de triomphe et autres monumentsp. 102
Grotteschi/Grotesques/Grotesken/Grotesquesp. 122
Capriccio architettonico con la caduta di Fetonte/Fantasy of Architecture with Fall of Phaeton/Architektur-Capriccio mit dem Sturz des Phaeton/Caprice architectural avec la Chute de Phaetonp. 126
Carceri/Fanciful Images of Prisons/Phantastische Entwurfe von Kerkern/Images fantastiques de prisonsp. 128
Opere Varie I/Various Works/Verschiedene Werke/OEuvres varieesp. 154
Trofei di Ottaviano Augusto/Trophies of Octavian Augustus/Trophaen des Oktavian Augustus/Trophees d'Octave Augustep. 158
Le Antichita Romane (I-IV)/The Antiquities of Rome/Die Romischen Altertumer/Antiquites romainesp. 166
Lettere di Giustificazione/Letters of Justification/Rechtfertigungsbriefe/Lettres de justificationp. 320
Opere Varie II/Various Works/Verschiedene Werke/OEuvres varieesp. 332
Le rovine del Castello dell'Acqua Giulia/Ruins of the Fountainhead of the Acqua Giulia/Die Ruinen des Kastells der Acqua Giulia/Les ruines de la fontaine de l'Acqua Giuliap. 340
Della Magnificenza ed Architettura de'Romani/On the Grandeur and the Architecture of the Romans/Uber die Grossartigkeit und die Architektur der Romer/De la Grandeur et de l'Architecture des Romainsp. 356
Lapides Capitolini/Capitoline Inscriptions/Inschriftensteine vom Kapitol/Inscriptions capitolinesp. 386
Il Campo Marzio dell'Antica Roma/The Campus Martius of Ancient Rome/Der Campus Martius des Antiken Rom/Le Champ de Mars de la Rome antiquep. 394
Descrizione e Disegno dell'Emissario del Lago Albano/Description and Design of the Emissarium of Lake Albano/Beschreibung und Zeichnung des Entwasserungskanals des Albaner Sees/Description et representation de l'Emissario du lac d'Albanop. 432
Antichita d'Albano e di Castel Gandolfo/Antiquities of Albano and of Castel Gandolfo/Altertumer von Albano und Castel Gandolfo/Antiquites d'Albano et de Castel Gandolfop. 450
Antichita di Cora/Antiquities of Cori/Altertumer von Cori/Antiquites de Corip. 474
Raccolta di alcuni disegni del Barbieri da Cento/Collection of several Drawings after Barbieri da Cento/Sammlung einiger Zeichnungen des Barbieri da Cento/Recueil de dessins de Barbieri da Centop. 486
Blackfriars Bridgep. 492
The Works in Architecturep. 494
Osservazioni sopra la lettre de M. Mariette/Observations on the Letter of M. Mariette/Anmerkungen zu dem Brief an M. Mariette/Observations sur la lettre de M. Mariettep. 498
Diverse Maniere d'adornare i cammini/Divers Ways of Ornamenting Chimneypieces/Verschiedene Arten Kamine zu schmucken/Differentes manieres d'orner les chemineesp. 510
Pianta di Roma e del Campo Marzio/Plan of Rome and the Campus Martius/Plan von Rom und des Campus Martius/Plan de Rome et du Champ de Marsp. 558
Trofeo o sia Magnifica Colonna Coclide/The Trophy or Magnificent Spiral Column/Trophae oder grossartige spiralformige Saule/Trophee ou tres belle colonne coclidep. 560
Vasi, candelabri, cippi, sarcofagi (I-II)/Vases, Candelabras, Grave stones, Sarcophagi/Vasen, Kandelaber, Urnen, Sarkophage/Vases, candelabres, cippes, sarcophagesp. 582
Differentes vues de Pesto/Different Views of Paestum/Verschiedene Ansichten von Pastum/Differentes vues de Paestump. 664
Vedute di Roma/Views of Rome/Ansichten von Rom/Vues de Romep. 680
Ornamenti grafici/Graphic Ornaments/Graphische Ornamente/Ornements graphiquesp. 762
Biography/Biographie/Biographiep. 774
Selected Bibliography/Ausgewahlte Bibliographie/Bibliographiep. 778
Indexp. 784
Concordance/Konkordanz/Concordancep. 792
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