Prisoners on a Projecting Platform

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, 1720 - 1778


about 1745-1750, published 1753

Etching on heavy laid paper

First edition, second issue

Plate: 16 1/8 × 21 1/8 in. (41 × 53.6 cm)

Sheet: 20 9/16 × 27 3/8 in. (52.3 × 69.6 cm)

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


Portfolio / Series Title

Imaginary Prisons (Carceri d'Invenzione)


Place Made: Italy, Europe



Object Name


Research Area


Not on view


Signed, in plate, lower left: Piranesi f.; Watermark: [fleur-de-lis in circle, Hind 1]

Course History

ENGL 23.01, Romantic Literature: Aesthetics and Ideology from the French Revolution to ,, Winter 2021

Exhibition History

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

Figures and Structures: Selections from the Permanent Collection, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Art History 2, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 2-March 10, 1996.

Old Master Prints from the Dartmouth Collection, Friends and Owen Robertson Cheatham Galleries, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, January 23-April 10, 1988.

Prints from the Hood Museum Collection, inaugural exhibition, Friends Gallery, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, November 1, 1985-January 12, 1986.

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.

Publication History

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

Treasures of the Hood Museum, Dartmouth College, New York: Hudson Hill Press, 1985, p.85

Lawrence W. Nichols, Piranesi at Dartmouth, Hanover: Dartmouth College, 1976, p. 66, no. 89.

Alice Gomstyn, "What's Under the Hood? A peek at some of the rarest and most offbeat items housed in the College's Hood Museum of Art," Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Volume 96, Number 4, March-April 2004, pp. 30-31, ill. pp. 31.

Catalogue Raisonne

Focillon 33; Hind 10 I/III; Robison 36

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