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.ThemesFrontispieces
1media/Small map.jpgmedia/Small map.jpg2017-11-03T11:56:52-07:00Constance Caddelld4428f7815c34c6fd0592b7e434a4fb89d5ca1aa2284962plain2018-11-26T19:05:55-08:00Jeanne Brittone120651dde677d5cf1fd515358b14d86eb289f11Although he is known primarily for his illustrations of Roman ruins, Piranesi also produced many striking and innovative maps of Rome. His maps are often exercises in counterfactual history just as much as they are documents of Enlightenment cartography. In his massive map of the Campus Martius region of ancient Rome, the "Ichnographia," he includes only its ancient monuments—real and imagined, and consistently in just slightly inaccurate positions. In another view of the same region, his "Scenographia" (below), he presents only the ancient monuments that still stand in the eighteenth century, as if the intervening centuries didn't happen. The maps included here, from the Campus Martius volume and the Views of Rome, employ different methods of information display. Those from Campus Martius include several layered images, each of which represents a stage in the evolution of this region of Rome. In the digital version, a short video shows these layers coming together. The large "Plan of Rome" (below) that was included in a volume of the Views of Rome in the Opere represents buildings and monuments in various ways--as numbered items in the map itself, as items in the surrounding index, and as views that appear in other volumes of Piranesi's works. The hyperlinked version of this map attempts to reproduce these varied means of representation. Each of the engravings here is presented in two ways: on top, as either a hyperlinked image or short video, and, below, as a high-resolution scan that allows for zooming.
12018-03-23T15:19:21-07:00Constance Caddelld4428f7815c34c6fd0592b7e434a4fb89d5ca1aaPlan of Rome and the Campus Martius, from Views of Rome (Opere, vol 16)12This map, “Pianta di Roma e del Campo Marzo,” serves as something of an advertisement to Piranesi’s other works. But it also resembles an elaborate table of contents for distinct publications. With numbered items in the central map, Piranesi refers viewers to the surrounding index, which includes over four hundred buildings and monuments. From this index, he then directs viewers to his other works, instructing them, often with abbreviated directions, such as “see Antichita romane” (“V. Aa. Re.” [Vedi Antichita Romane”]) or “see Views of Rome” (V. Ve. Ra. [Vedi Vedute di Roma]). Piranesi’s system of references can be quite complex—certain buildings, such as the Pantheon, are glossed in the index with short essays, and a few, such as Castel Sant’Angelo and Saint Mary of the Angels point to a series of images. Animating these varied printed references, which guide viewers both within one image and across multiple volumes of Piranesi’s works, is the goal of this hyperlinked map.plain2019-02-11T15:05:14-08:00Jeanne Brittone120651dde677d5cf1fd515358b14d86eb289f11