Giambattista Piranesi

Drama, poetry and fantasy come to the stage.



In this FULL VERSION, designed for iPhone® and iPad®, you will find over 100 Etchings by the Master Piranesi. Enjoy the high quality images of his drawings, share them with your friends via email, and learn about the artist life.

Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778), was an Italian etcher, archaeologist and architect. He was born in Venice and was active in Rome from 1740. He was famous for his poetic views of Rome and also his fantastic imaginary interiors. Trained in Venice as an engineer and architect, his studies had included perspective and stage design. These skills, allied to his deep knowledge of archaeology, provided the substance for his Vedute (Views), a series of 135 etchings of ancient and contemporary Rome, published from 1745 onwards, which established the popular mental image of the city. Piranesi’s image was a thoroughly romanticized one, with effects of scale exploited to make the buildings appear larger and grander and exaggerating the contrasts of light and shade to invest them with drama. His most remarkable etchings are perhaps those of imaginary interiors, the Carceri d’Invenzione (Imaginary Prisons), a series of plates issued in 1749-50 and reworked in 1761.

Piranesi’s influence as an architect may have been negligible, but his romanticized views and imaginary interiors had a profound effect on stage designers, painters and even writers. In the 20th century his imaginary interiors have been admired by the Surrealists and provided source material for horror film set designers.



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5 Responses to “Giambattista Piranesi”

  1. Sharon K. says:

    A MUST HAVE for fans of Giambattista Piranesi, a mastermind of the 18th century, without a doubt. One of my favorite parts about the apps is its high resolution images, which are sufficient enough to let you enjoy the immaculate attention to detail of his works, in a way that was unmatched previously. It is as if you are viewing his actual sketchbook, rather than just high resolution pictures. One of my favorite downloads!

  2. Leslie Barone says:

    I have been in awe of Piranesi’s work ever since I downloaded this app! There are dozens of images that you can view in detail, at your own leisure/time or in slide show mode. You will be amazed of the fantastic details present in his work, just as I was. Truly Piranesi was a mastermind and the high resolution of this pictures prove just that. If you have any interest in aesthetics/detail that goes into drawing/architecture, this app is for you.

  3. Michael J says:

    As someone who appreciates the amount of work and fine detail that goes into art, this app is definitely one of my favorites. Your appreciation and admiration for Piranesi will grow tremendously once you identify his strong attention to perspectives and how he implemented whimsical elements that could have only been possible inside his mind.The app provides several dozen etchings and illustrations of the great print maker each one leaving you more awes than the last. I can’t imagine anyone not enjoying this app!

  4. Katie B. says:

    Piranesi app provides high resolution images for your Iphone/Ipad that allows you to enjoy the incredible detail within Piranesi’s work. It’s such an inspiration for any artists as you can identify his strong attention to perspectives and how he implemented whimsical elements that could have only been possible inside his mind. The included drawings are original and very very rare to find on the internet. The several dozen etching are worth every penny to download the app!

  5. Nissa S. says:

    This app is so great for the simple fact that you can now view images that are rare to find, especially in high resolution. Piranesi was and is an inspiration and this app is living proof of that. Explore the depth and atmosphere that are among the most notable qualities of the works of Piranesi. The visual journey across the beautiful and disturbing landscapes of Piranesi will definitely inspire you for sure!

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