Date of Work
Art & Design Study Collection
UND Art Collections Repository
Giovanni Battista Piranesi was an Italian architect and artist born in born Venice in 1720. The son of a stone master, Piranesi apprenticed under his uncle Matteo Lucchesi where he worked on restoring historical buildings throughout Rome. He was later introduced to the intaglio practices of etching and engraving by Giuseppe Vasi. Piranesi is best known for his etchings of the city of Rome as well as his series of works depicting elaborate, fictitious prisons known as Le Carceri d’Invenzione. Works by Piranesi can be found in the permanent collections of the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the National Gallery of Art, and several other collections internationally.
Images are provided for educational purposes only and may not be reproduced for commercial use. Images may be protected by artist copyright. A credit line is required to be used for any public non-commercial educational purpose. The credit line must include, “Image courtesy of the University of North Dakota.”