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Ficacci, Luigi

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ISBN 10: 3836531968 / ISBN 13: 9783836531962
Published by Taschen, NY
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NO FINER COPIES EXIST. // TWO-VOLUME SET: NEW BOOKS and DJs, all in GIFT-quality MINT condition, and each with new Mylar protection. // Hardcover, Quarto, total of 791 pages, elaborately illustrated. The Complete Etchings. // You want this dandy Set. Bookseller Inventory # 105103

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Title: Piranesi

Publisher: Taschen, NY

Binding: Hardcover

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Piranesi’s fantastic worlds: The great 18th century architectural artist and master engraver   “Piranesi was as savage as Salvator Rosa, fierce as Michelangelo, and exuberant as Rubens... he has imagined scenes that would startle geometry and exhaust the Indies to realize.” —Horace Walpole

One of the greatest architectural artists of all time, and certainly the most famous copper engraver of the 18th century, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) is best known for his terrifyingly original series of etchings of labyrinthine and megalomaniac prisons, Carceri d’Invenzione. In his own day, he was most celebrated for his Vedute, 137 etchings of ancient and modern Rome; so renowned were these startling and dramatic chiaroscuro images, imbued with Piranesi’s romantic feeling for archaeological ruins, that they formed the mental picture of Rome for generations after. Indeed, Piranesi could be said to have shaped a whole strain of contemporary architecture, as well as the wider visualization of antiquity itself. In our time, he has had a direct influence on writers such as Borges and Kafka and on filmmakers such as Terry Gilliam and Peter Greenaway. Anyone who contemplates Piranesi’s etchings will confront the existential nightmare of human existence and its infinite mysteries.   Text in English, French, and German

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Luigi Ficacci studied art history in Rome under Giulio Carlo Argan. For many years, he was curator at the Istituto Nazionale per la Grafica in Rome and lectured at various Italian universities. Since 2007, he has been Bologna's general museum director (Soprintendente ai Beni Culturali). The focal points of his research work are the issues raised by 17th and 18th century and contemporary Italian and European art.

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