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The Skeletons

ca. 1745
18th century
391 x 547 mm (15.4 x 21.5 in.)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Italian, (1720–1778)

Object Type: print
Medium and Support: Etching on laid paper
State: Second of three states
Print impression quality: Fairly good
Series: from Grotteschi
Edition: First Paris edition, 1800–1807; according to Robison, reworked 1780–1798 by Francesco Piranesi
Marks: Signed in plate, lower right: “Piranesi F”; inscribed, lower right: “24”
Marks: Watermark: Hind #7
Bibliography: Focillon 20; Hind, p. 80; Wilton-Ely 21 and p. 41 with remark: “Decorative capriccio. Skeleton in the foreground with a statue of Hercules to the left, overflowing urns to the right and a vase at the center.”
Credit Line: Gift of George W. Davison (BA Wesleyan 1892), before 1953
Accession Number: 1973.D1.38.26

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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.]
  • death
  • human body - From TGM:
  • Italy - TGN 1000080
  • Rome - TGN 7000874 (standard English name used here for this well-known city)
  • skeletons - From TGM:

  • plate Dimensions: 391 x 547 mm (15.4 x 21.5 in.)

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