The Arch with a Shell Ornament, from the series Imaginary Prisons (Carceri d'Invenzione)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, 1720 - 1778

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1745-1750; published 1753

Etching on heavy wove paper

First edition, second issue

Plate: 15 7/8 × 21 3/8 in. (40.4 × 54.3 cm)

Sheet: 20 5/8 × 27 5/8 in. (52.4 × 70.2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College

PR.977.25.55

Geography/Culture

Europe, Italy

Period

1600-1800

Object Name

Print

Classification

Print

Not on view

Inscription

Watermark: [fleur-de-lis in circle, Hind 1]

Course History

SART 65, 66, 68, Architecture I, II, III, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2015

THEA 16, Theatre and Society II: Early Modern Performance, Laura Edmondson, Winter 2015

SART 27, SART 28, SART 74, Printmaking I, Printmaking II, Printmaking III, Louise Hamlin, Spring 2014

SART 65, Architecture I, Karol Kawiaka, Winter 2014

SART 27, SART 28, Printmaking I-Intaglio, Printmaking II, Louise Hamlin, Winter 2014

SART 65, Architecture I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2013

SART 27, SART 28, SART 74, Printmaking I, II, III, Louise Hamlin, Spring 2013

ARTH 17, Italian Renaissance Architecture: Issues and Approaches, Lauren Jacobi, Winter 2013

SART 27, SART 28, Printmaking I: Intaglio, Printmaking II, Louise Hamlin, Winter 2013

SART 65, Architecture I, Karol Kawiaka, Spring 2012

CLST 7, The Idea of Rome, Margaret Williamson, Spring 2012

SART 27, Printmaking I: Intaglio, Louise Hamlin, Spring 2012

SART 27, SART 28, Printmaking I: Intaglio, Printmaking II, Louise Hamlin, Winter 2012

Exhibition History

Rome in the 18th Century, William Benton Museum of Art, Storrs, Connecticut, October 13-November 19, 1973.

Prisons/ Impressions: Piranesi's Carceri, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, SArt 27 and 28, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 16-April 28, 1996.

Ivan Albright Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 7, 1995-June 26, 1995.

Etchings by Piranesi, Center for the Arts, Muhlenberg College, Allentown, Pennsylvania, October 15-November 11, 1978.

Antiquity in Rome from the Renaissance to the Age of Enlightenment: Selections from Dartmouth's Collections, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, July 7-September 9, 2001.

A Decade of Collecting, 1985-1995: Old Master and Nineteenth Century European Prints from the Hood Museum of Art, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, December 9, 1995-February 4, 1996, no. 53.

Publication History

T. Barton Thurber and Adrian W.B. Randolph, Antiquity in Rome from the Renaissance to the Age of Enlightenment: Selections from Dartmouth's Collections, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2001, listed p.74.

Richard Rand, "A Decade of Collecting, 1985-1995: Old Master and Nineteenth-Century European Prints", Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 1995, p. 2, ill. p. 2, fig. 2, listed p. 7, no. 53..

Lawrence W. Nichols, Piranesi at Dartmouth, Hanover: Dartmouth College, 1976, p. 64, no. 84.

Andrew Robison, Piranesi Early Architectural Fantasies: A Catalogue Raisonne of the Etchings, Chicago: The University of Chicago Press, 1986, pp. 139, 212, 240-241.

Provenance

First purchased in 1754 by Sir Robert Throckmorton (1702-1791), fourth baronet of Coughton Court, Warwickshire.

Catalogue Raisonne

Focillon 34; Hind 11 i/iii; Robison 37

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