Piranesi was a great engraver and architect devoted to the rediscovery of archeology who applied his Venetian artistic education to an immediate passion for the grandiose ruins of Rome, where he moved in 1740.
His vast watercolor production, featuring spectacularly exaggerated prospective visions and violent luminous effects, made him one of the most successful artists in a rapidly expanding artistic market such as the Roman was in the culminating period of the Grand Tours.
“Piranesi. La fabbrica dell’utopia”
16 June – 15 October 2017
Museo di Roma at Palazzo Braschi
Piazza di S. Pantaleo, 10, Rome
The artist and architect’s most relevant and significant works will be hosted by the Museo Braschi Palazzo Braschi from June 16 to October 15, 2017, in the exhibition “Piranesi. Fabricating Utopia “. The exhibition has been promoted by Roma Capitale, Department of Cultural Growth and Cultural Heritage in collaboration with the Fondazione Giorgio Cini of Venice, organized by MetaMorfosi Association and Zètema Progetto Cultura, and curated by Luigi Ficacci and Simonetta Tozzi.
The most renowned works of art by the Venetian artist include the great Vedute of Rome, the amplified architectural perspectives, the imaginative Capricci -performed under the influence of Tiepolo-, the famous and suggestive visions of the Carceri Series, up to the various collections of Roman antiquities. An image collection of great emotional impact on it’s eras culture, which has extended into present day’s art, literature, theory, architectural practice, and modern cinematography.
The materials presented from the collections of the Museum of Rome show the quality of the collections in an example of great quality and freshness.
From the Cini Foundation are also the three-dimensional realizations of some Piranesian inventions derived from the rich repertoire of the Different Manners of Adorning Paths (1769) or some ancient pieces, reproduced and disseminated by Piranesi in the series of Vasi candelabri cippi sarcofagi tripodi (1978), such as the famous tripod of the Isis Temple in Pompeii, a true masterpiece of neoclassical furnishings.
The three-dimensional Piranes’ recreations were made by Atelier Factum Arte in Madrid, directed by Adam Lowe, through 3D modeling and stereolithographic process, on the occasion of the exhibition organized by the Giorgio Cini Foundation in 2010 “The Arts of Piranesi. Architect, engraver, antique dealer, designer, designer.”
Alongside these materials are the marble-carvings, which are now preserved in the collections of the Sovrintendeza Capitolina, carried out after the famous Forma Urbis Severiana, the first plan of Rome carved on Septimus Severus stone, which Piranesi attempted to reconstruct in its original composition.
Finally, an immersive room of the famous Piranesian prisons have been made in a three-dimensional digital version, thanks to the contribution and technology of the Laboratory of Perceptual Robotics of the TECIP Institute – Scuola Superiore Sant’Anna of Pisa. In this woom you can relive all the charm of these fantastic and unrealistic visions, which have become a touchstone of our collective imagination.