Davison Art Center, Wesleyan University

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The Man on the Rack,

From Carceri d’Invenzione di G. Battista Piranesi, Archit[etto] Vene[ziano]

Etching on laid paper

Fifth of six states

Print impression quality: Fairly good

Dimensions (Plate): 560 x 415 mm (22 x 16.3 in.)

Dimensions (Sheet): 704 x 512 mm (27.7 x 20.2 in.)

Signed in plate, lower right margin: “Piranesi F.”

Watermark: No watermark

Edition: First Paris edition, 1800–1809; one of two plates which do not appear in Bouchard’s editions (with Hind 5)

Accession number: 1973.D1.38.2

Gift of George W. Davison (BA Wesleyan 1892), before 1953

Bibliography: Focillon 25; Hind 2; Wilton-Ely 27 and p. 51 as: “Arched structures with a medieval tower in the background and a torture scene in the foreground.”

Work Type: print

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