Plate 13 from Carceri d'Invenzione

The Well, c. 1761

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The Martha T. Wallace Memorial Fund, 1930expand_more  P.11,337

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The 1700s are known as the Age of Enlightenment, but a strong undercurrent of irrationality persisted. These conflicting impulses caused a collision between the international humanitarian call for prison reform and those architects who drew from Piranesi their inspiration for ever more intimidating institutional buildings.

Details
Title
The Well
Artist Life
Italian, 1720–1778
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.11,337
Provenance
Erbach-Erbach family, Schloss Erbach Hofbibliothek, Erbach (Odenwald), Germany. F. H. Bresler Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind prisons 13 ii/iii, F.36, Robison 39 v/vi
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Plate 13 from Carceri d'Invenzione