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).Works and VolumesBibliographyGlossary and Abbreviations
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12018-11-22T20:23:53-08:00Jeanne Brittone120651dde677d5cf1fd515358b14d86eb289f112284916plain2021-12-15T07:55:18-08:00Jeanne Brittone120651dde677d5cf1fd515358b14d86eb289f11“The Digital Piranesi” organizes Piranesi’s works in two ways: according to their original publication in the individual works collected in the volumes of the Opere under “Works and Volumes,” and, below, according to their primary subject or genre. Accessing Piranesi’s works in this way, as opposed to their original works, calls attention to their different approaches to media. Piranesi’s architectural views and his referential networks require complex interactions with the spaces of the printed, illustrated book. Digitally representing not only Piranesi’s images but also their interconnections (in his maps), composite layers (in his layered images), and verbal references (in his annotated views) suggests new insights about eighteenth-century Rome, the birth of art history as a discipline, and the graphical representation of knowledge. Below, his works are (gradually being organized and) divided according to either their primary subject (prisons, fancies) or their genre (map, view, layered image).