The Round Tower, plate 3 from the second edition of Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

A work made of etching, engraving, sulphur tint, and burnishing in black on ivory laid paper.
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  • A work made of etching, engraving, sulphur tint, and burnishing in black on ivory laid paper.

Date:

1750, reworked 1761

Artist:

Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Italian, 1720-1778

About this artwork

In addition to dramatic views of Roman architecture, Giovanni Battista Piranesi created a series of prison interiors that were entirely invented. These vast, entangled passageways and cavernous chambers were first printed around 1750. Ten years later, Piranesi reworked the plates, heightening their ominous
state in an implied critique of social injustice.

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Artist

Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Title

The Round Tower, plate 3 from the second edition of Carceri d'invenzione (Imaginary Prisons)

Origin

Italy

Date

1761–1765

Medium

Etching, engraving, sulphur tint, and burnishing in black on ivory laid paper

Dimensions

542 x 410 mm (image); 549 x 416 mm (plate); 561 x 425 mm (sheet)

Credit Line

Joseph Brooks Fair Memorial Collection

Reference Number

1918.332

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