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A set of Six rare antique or vintage framed Giovanni Battista Piranesi gravures or prints from his etchings of Imaginary Prisons. Please see below which was copied from the Princeton University Art Museum website. This set arrived recently from France with approx 70 other paintings and prints acquired from the estate of a collector near Paris. We are selling as a set as to break the set does not seem right. Please ignore some darker reflections on the glass when taking the photos. The stickers on the back of each would most probably be by the framer. We are offering these at what we feel is a fair price for old prints or gravures as we are not art dealers and do not know their true worth. From some research of the titles: Plates in order of photographs (last photo of each being the back of the frame): The Drawbridge The Lion Bas Reliefs Title Plate The Pier with chains Prisoners on a projecting platform The Grand Piazza Giovanni Battista Piranesi Imaginary Prisons Throughout his career, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778) produced carefully prepared views in and around Rome. He derived the principal inspiration for this vast production of etchings from firsthand examinations of classical antiquities as well as from Renaissance and Baroque structures. The artist infused both conventional topographical scenes of wellknown buildings and ideal reconstructions with novel compositional devices, exaggerating scale and manipulating perspective through the use of multiple vanishing points. Piranesi’s oeuvre reflects a singular combination of remarkable imagination and a deep understanding of construction, which helped to cultivate an unprecedented appreciation of Roman architecture. The artist employed the same strategy—representing realistic settings imbued with an innovative creative spirit—in several other works. Chief among them is his highly unusual series of prints called Imaginary Prisons. These etchings were issued as a collection of fourteen around 1749–50 and then reissued—after significant reworking—as a set of sixteen in 1761. Populated with indistinguishable figures that emphasize the scale and complexity of the scenes, the final series features greater detail and stronger tonal contrasts, enhancing the works’ sinister character. The immensity and ambiguity of these structures reinforces the sense of wonderment that inspired generations of artists, writers, and others to reassess the majesty and grandeur of classical design.
SIZE approx: Frames 36.5cm x 44cm
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