Plate 14 from Carceri d'Invenzione

The Gothic Arch, c. 1761

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The Martha T. Wallace Memorial Fund, 1930expand_more  P.11,338

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In his training as a young architect, Piranesi learned techniques of Baroque stage design, which he used to impart grandeur to his drawings. He was especially fond of oblique projections—slanting forms that create a strong sensation of space—and their manipulation through subtle shifts of perspective. He often included tiny human figures to provide a sense of scale.

Details
Title
The Gothic Arch
Artist Life
Italian, 1720–1778
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.11,338
Provenance
Erbach-Erbach family, Schloss Erbach Hofbibliothek, Erbach (Odenwald), Germany. F. H. Bresler Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind prisons 14 ii/iii, F.37, Robison 40 v/vi
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Plate 14 from Carceri d'Invenzione