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    Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Collection of Architectural Plates. [circa 1750-1800]. Thirty-one engraved plates.

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    Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Collection of Architectural Plates. [circa 1756-1800]. Thirty-one engraved plates depicting various monuments, columns and antiquities, including Piranesi's architectural diagrams of the Column of Marcus Aurelius, the Theatre of Marcellus, several sections of Trajan's Column, the triangular tiles of the Aurelian Wall, the reconstruction of the remains of the arcades which were in front of the Septum Julium, and many more. Folio. Each plate measures approximately 16 x 22 inches, with the exception of five smaller plates, measuring 11 x 16 inches. Most impressions clean, some with small ex-library ink stamps (Brooklyn Public) on their corners, few pencil notes in margins, some light foxing and surface wear, occasional edge wear with small tears, chips, and minor paper loss in outside margins. Clean and suitable for framing, very good.  Prints housed in protective binder sleeves in large black portfolio case with a handle. From the Krown & Spellman Collection.

    "'I need to produce great ideas, and I believe that if I were commissioned to design a new universe, I would be mad enough to undertake it."

    "This statement by Giovanni Battista Piranesi, reported by one of his early biographers, in many ways sums up the man whose dreams of antiquity so often surpassed reality, from his earliest etchings of architectural fantasies to the fanciful restorations of ancient remains that he produced at the end of his career.

    "One of the greatest printmakers of the eighteenth century, Piranesi always considered himself an architect."- [Thompson].

    Thompson, Wendy. "Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)." In Heilbrunn Timeline of Art History. New York: The Metropolitan Museum of Art, 2000-. (October 2003).

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