Plate 16 from Carceri d'Invenzione

The Pier with Chains, c. 1761

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The Martha T. Wallace Memorial Fund, 1930expand_more  P.11,340

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The inscriptions on the tablets are based on the ancient writer Livy’s History of Rome (27-9 BCE). In part, the ominous phrases read “to terrify . . .,” “infamous wickedness . . .,” and “thus to treason and evil conduct.” Whether or not these allusions to classical texts are meant to locate the Prisons in antiquity, they address the darkest recesses of the viewer’s consciousness.

Details
Title
The Pier with Chains
Artist Life
Italian, 1720–1778
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.11,340
Provenance
Erbach-Erbach family, Schloss Erbach Hofbibliothek, Erbach (Odenwald), Germany. F. H. Bresler Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind prisons 16 ii/iii, F.39, Robison 42 v/vi
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Plate 16 from Carceri d'Invenzione