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Prisoners on a Projecting Platform

18th century
416 x 549 mm (16.4 x 21.6 in.)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, (1720–1778)

Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Etching on laid paper
State: Fifth of six states
Print impression quality: Weak in some delicate passages, otherwise fairly good
Series: from Carceri d’Invenzione di G. Battista Piranesi, Archit[etto] Vene[ziano]
Edition: First Paris edition, 1800–1809
Marks: Signed in plate, lower left: “Piranesi f.”
Marks: Watermark: Hind #7 right center Watermark: “house and bird” left center
Bibliography: Focillon 33; Hind 10; Wilton-Ely 35 and p. 65 with remark: “A vast arch framing galleries and gangways with groups of prisoners on a platform to the left.”
Credit Line: Gift of George W. Davison (BA Wesleyan 1892), before 1953
Accession Number: 1973.D1.38.10

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  • 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.]
  • imprisonment - LCSH Link
  • prisoners - Related Term
  • prisons - Use for places of confinement and correction run by state or federal authorities for those adults convicted to sentences over one year for serious crimes; developed since the late 18th century and generally characterized by cell and corridor plans with separation by offense and sex, and programs of rehabilitation provided as means toward prisoner reform. Use "jails" for places for offenders sentenced either for lesser crimes or for terms up to one year.

  • plate Dimensions: 416 x 549 mm (16.4 x 21.6 in.)

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