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Piranesi: The Early Architectural Fantasies

June 1 – September 30, 1978
East Building, Mezzanine, Northeast, Pod I (3,000 sq. ft.)

Giovanni Battista Piranesi, A Magnificent Palatial Interior, c. 1750, pen and brown ink and wash with graphite over red chalk on laid paper, Gift of Gertrude Laughlin Chanler, 2000.9.20

This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.

Overview: More than 150 prints, books, copper plates, and drawings were selected by Andrew Robison, curator of prints and drawings, to mark the 200th anniversary of the death of Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778).

Organization: Gaillard Ravenel and Mark Leithauser designed the exhibition and Gordon Anson designed the lighting.

Booklet: Giovanni Battista Piranesi: The Early Architectural Fantasies, by Andrew Robison. Washington, DC: National Gallery of Art, 1978.

Attendance: 325,000

Piranesi, Giovanni Battista
Italian, 1720 - 1778