aterfalls evoke the sublime, I constitute the sublimeEdmund Burke and Immanuel Kant,primary theorists. Myra Nan Rosenfeld identifies in Piranesi’s earlier grotesques and prisons a sense of “sublime pathos” that also appears here (57). Antonio Francesco Gori. He uses the term in 1748 in the dedication of the Antichità Romane to Giovanni Gaetano Bottari, which is not included in the Opere. In expressing his gratitude to Bottari, Piranesi describes “the vastness of a profound and sublime literature” found in his library.
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