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Chimneypiece: Lintel Embellished by Two Undulating Serpents with Small Masks in Each Coil18th century
245 x 385 mm (9.6 x 15.2 in.)
Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, (1720–1778)
- animals - This section can use more hierarchical (quasi-Linnaean) refinement in future; extant terms were assembled into a fairly flat and slightly redundant structure to expedite conversion.
- architecture - Art or science of designing and building structures, especially habitable structures, in accordance with principles determined by aesthetic and practical or material considerations. Refers also to the structures created. [November 1994 related term added. October 1990 alternate term added.]
- lintels - Horizontal structural members that span an opening in a wall and that carry the superimposed weight of the wall. DAC [March 1993 descriptor moved. March 1991 lead-in term added.]
- ornament - Decorative forms that are an integral part of a building or object but are not essential to its structure. Regarding techniques of embellishment in general, use "decoration (process)." [November 1990 descriptor moved.]
- plate Dimensions: 245 x 385 mm (9.6 x 15.2 in.)
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Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, (1720–1778) . Chimneypiece: Lintel Embellished by Two Undulating Serpents with Small Masks in Each Coil, 18th century. From Diverse Maniere d’Adornare i Cammini ed ogni Altra Parte Degli Edifizi Desunte Dall’Architettura Egizia, Etrusca, Greca (Cammino che si vede nel Palazzo di Sua Ecc’za Milord Conte D’Exeter a Burghley in Inghilterra.). Etching. plate : 245 x 385 mm (9.6 x 15.2 in.). DAC accession number Retrospective TBD. Gift of George W. Davison (BA Wesleyan 1892).
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