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 (pîr′ə-nā′zē, pē′rä-nĕ′-), Giovanni Battista 1720-1778.
Italian artist whose etchings of Rome's ruins contributed to the revival of neoclassicism. His depictions of cavernous imaginary prisons influenced later romantic and surrealist art.

Pi′ra·ne′si·an adj.
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(Italian piraˈneːsi)
(Biography) Giambattista (dʒambatˈtista). 1720–78, Italian etcher and architect: etchings include Imaginary Prisons and Views of Rome
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(ˌpɪr əˈneɪ zi)

Giambattista, 1720–78, Italian architect and engraver.
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The drawings of Duperac and Piranesi, and physical models made for Grand Tourists, were joined in the 20th century by the little books still sold at kiosks in the city, in which painted reconstructions on acetate pages are laid over photos of each site's current state.
O gosto pela ruina, que se instaurou no seculo XVIII, esta presente nos desenhos romanticos de Piranesi (sec.
Most significant, one could not argue that this edition consisted of "relatively unknown artists": Francis Aljs and Gerhard Richter were among the living participants, joined by such late colleagues as Louise Bourgeois and Giovanni Battista Piranesi.
The curator has been adventurous enough to draw contemporary art--eg the Wilson sisters' sublime black and white prints of abandoned bunkers into dialogue with classic 18th-century examples from Piranesi & Co; Keith Coventry's arch-PoMo pieces derived from doomed modernist estates and Keith Arnatt's wry 'Areas of Outstanding Natural Beauty' both expound obliquely and wittily on the exhibition's theme, but can these really stir appropriate interest in an audience acclimatized to disaster-by-the-minute as rolling news is piped into their pockets?
MOST PRIZED POSSESSION: "Original 18th-century Giovanni Battista Piranesi prints from a book purchased in London by an old-guard Chicago designer I worked for.
"THESE SPEAKING RUINS have filled my spirit with images ..." Giovanni Battista Piranesi wrote in the eighteenth century.