This path was created by Mallory Baskin.  The last update was by Constance Caddell.

The Digital Piranesi

Referentiality

Piranesi’s images often include detailed, alphabetic keys to their architectural details. Their keys are often difficult to read, and their indexical letters are usually hard to locate. The content of these notes is often objective, as in the image of the Pantheon. In other engravings, such as the Temple of Neptune, these virtually lost texts include striking arguments about aesthetics or bold speculations about the distant past.

Each of the four engravings here is presented in two ways: on top, as a hyperlinked image in which letters in the image are links to the appropriate information in the key, and, below, as a high-resolution scan that allows for zooming.  

 
 

 

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