Plate 3 from Carceri d'Invenzione

The Round Tower, c. 1761

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The Martha T. Wallace Memorial Fund, 1930expand_more  P.11,327

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Like dreams, Piranesi’s Prisons combine seemingly concrete elements with others more mysterious. Stairways and balconies lead to unknown destinations. Piranesi invites the viewer to wander, in the mind’s eye, that is, with the anonymous inhabitants of his dungeons.

Details
Title
The Round Tower
Artist Life
Italian, 1720–1778
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.11,327
Provenance
Erbach-Erbach family, Schloss Erbach Hofbibliothek, Erbach (Odenwald), Germany. F. H. Bresler Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind prisons 03 ii/iii, F.26; Robison 30 v/vi
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Plate 3 from Carceri d'Invenzione