Plate 3 from Carceri d'Invenzione

The Round Tower, c. 1761


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.

The Round Tower
Artist Life
Italian, 1720–1778
Accession Number
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