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The Arts of Piranesi


The Arts of Piranesi at CaixaForum Barcelona


CaixaForum Barcelona
Avenida Francesc Ferrer i Guàrdia 6-8
08038 Barcelona

There is nothing like a visit to the museum to make you realize just how much talent one individual encompassed, in what was somewhat limited times.  This is what can be seen from the multifaceted and talented Italian artist Giambattista Piranesi – who was an architect, etcher, and designer. Obra Social La Caixa Foundation presents The Arts of Piranesi an exhibition that brings extensive works such as engravings and sketchings from the artist.

In the late 18th century on the cusp of a revolution, the people had grown to apply the sciences of philosophy, religion and arts. This triggered a new understanding and perception of the world around them. Piranesi was influenced by the ruins of ancient Rome, that were being studied academically for the first time and in his works he creates elaborate landscapes that have been documented with tremendous detail and great scope.
You can also see as a series of 3D videos of his etchings of ‘Imaginary Prisons’, a cross between a Baroque set design and an ‘extravagant whim.’ These etchings are some of Piranesi’s most famous, and were extremely influential in the 19th century.

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