Study for Corinthian Capital. 18th.century. Giovanni Battista Piranesi. Italian 1720-1788. black chalk on paper.

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)
“Carceri Plate VII – The Drawbridge”
Located in the Kupferstich-Kabinett, Dresden, Germany

This etching is part of Piranesi’s “Carceri d'invenzione” or “Imaginary Prisons.” It was a series of prints that show enormous subterranean vaults with stairs and mighty machines. These images influenced Romanticism and Surrealism.

Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s engraving of the Ponte Salario over the Aniene river, circa 1750s. The Ponte Salario was initially constructed in the first century BC, and destroyed in the Gothic War of 535-554. Rebuilt in 565 with the bridge tower added in the eighth century, the bridge as pictured stood until the mid-1800s when it was destroyed by soldiers. The current bridge spanning this location was constructed in 1874.