Plate 1 from Carceri d'Invenzione

Title plate from Carceri d'Invenzione, c. 1761

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The Martha T. Wallace Memorial Fund, 1930expand_more  P.11,325

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In the title inscription, Piranesi explicitly describes the Prisons as fanciful inventions. Their basic elements—stairs, arches, catwalks, and so on—are present here, but this plate is unusual in offering the viewer no point of entry. In the plates to come, stairs and courtyards will guide us into the image.

Details
Title
Title plate from Carceri d'Invenzione
Artist Life
Italian, 1720–1778
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.11,325
Provenance
Erbach-Erbach family, Schloss Erbach Hofbibliothek, Erbach (Odenwald), Germany. F. H. Bresler Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind prisons 01 iii/iv, F.24, Robison 29 viii/ix
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Plate 1 from Carceri d'Invenzione