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The Digital PiranesiMain MenuAboutThe Digital Piranesi is a developing digital humanities project that aims to provide an enhanced digital edition of the works of Italian illustrator Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778).VolumesPiranesi's Opere (Works) contains 29 volumes, annotated and animated scans of which are gradually being added here.ThemesGenres
1media/aesthetics background.jpg2018-04-09T18:13:20-07:00Mallory Baskin7ce3ce5a70a32ae2ec1a1bb1657162822b9eb6352284918plain2018-05-08T13:55:06-07:00Jeanne Brittone120651dde677d5cf1fd515358b14d86eb289f11Piranesi makes strong arguments about the aesthetic superiority of Rome over Greece--not a popular view then or now--in written and visual texts. In making his case visually, he often uses composite or layered images in which numerous individual pages appear to be pinned to or unfurled upon other images. These illusions of layered pages are both sophisticated elements of graphic design and unique methods of referencing evidence.
Each of the engravings here is presented in two ways: on top, as a short video or hyperlinked image, and, below, as a high-resolution scan that allows for zooming.
12018-04-09T14:49:42-07:00Mallory Baskin7ce3ce5a70a32ae2ec1a1bb1657162822b9eb635"On Les Plus Beaux Monuments de la Grece," (1 of 2) from On the Magnificence and Architecture of the Romans7"On Les Plus Beaux Monuments de la Grece," Della Magnificenza ed architettura de’Romani, Plate XXXV (Opere, vol. 7). In this plate, Piranesi surrounds a “visual citation” of plates from David Le Roy's 1758 treatise Les Plus Beaux Monuments de la Grece with his own more dramatic illustrations of details from Roman architecture in order to challenge Le Roy’s claims about the superiority of Greek aesthetics. plain2018-05-04T14:16:34-07:00Jeanne Brittone120651dde677d5cf1fd515358b14d86eb289f11