The Well, from the series Imaginary Prisons (Carceri d'Invenzione)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, 1720 - 1778


about 1745-1750, published 1753

Etching on heavy laid paper

First edition, second issue

Plate: 16 × 21 1/2 in. (40.7 × 54.6 cm)

Sheet: 20 5/8 × 28 1/8 in. (52.4 × 71.5 cm)

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



Europe, Italy



Object Name




Not on view


Signed, in plate, lower right: Piranesi F; Watermark: [fleur-de-lis in circle, Hind 1]

Course History

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

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.

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

Publication History

Lawrence W. Nichols, Piranesi at Dartmouth, Hanover: Dartmouth College, 1976, p. 65, no. 88.

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

Catalogue Raisonne

Focillon 36; Hind 13 i/iii; Robison 39

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