Who was Giovanni Battista Piranesi?

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

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Who was Giovanni Battista Piranesi?  

Perhaps you have not heard his name, but seen the artworks? Or something visually similar? 

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Piranesi was a graphic artist, but he actually started out in his professional career as an architect. 

He grew up in Venice surrounded by all the beautiful architecture and inspiring art, and amongst a mixture of folk such as craftsmen, architects, and intellectuals. 

In 1740, at the age of 20, he decided to move to Rome. 

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Piranesi became obsessed with Rome!  

He continuously explored the city and its architecture – both new and old – and examined the ruins and remnants of its history.  

With his sketchbook, he documented what he saw, but also letting his imagination run free - what had been - what could be…  

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Piranesi is known for his masterful etchings - a highly demanding graphic technique that involves scratching copper plates that are exposed to an acid bath and then printed. The prints are black on white with an infinite number of details and shades. 

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Piranesi’s influence became a clear voice in the architectural debate in the mid-18th century, and over 300 years after his birth, exhibitions are being created, and books written about him worldwide.