Plate 13 from Carceri d'Invenzione

The Well, c. 1761


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.

The Well
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 13 ii/iii, F.36, Robison 39 v/vi
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Plate 13 from Carceri d'Invenzione