Carceri d’Invenzione V. The Lion Bas- Reliefs

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Giovanni Battista Piranesi

Carceri d’Invenzione V. The Lion Bas- Reliefs

Rome 1761, this edition Firmin Didot 1835 - 39

Etching

560 x 410 mm

£2200

Hind iii/iii Wilton Ely 30

In these haunting images a sense of threat both real and implied, is combined with with an illusion of infinite space (the result of the diagonal system of perspective used, itself derived from the innovative stage designs of the Bibiena family). The conflation, compounded further by the often frantic character of Piranesi's line, gives rise to what John Wilton-Ely has decribed as "a nervous continuum with no point of stability or rest throughout".