Plate 2 from Carceri d'Invenzione

The Man on the Rock, c. 1761

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Piranesi added this plate and plate V to the series in 1761, when he was reworking the original fourteen plates. The two new plates reflect his increasing familiarity with the art of Roman antiquity, which played a much more prominent role in these new images. Here, amid a profusion of sculptural reliefs, he makes the torture of a prisoner absolutely explicit.

Details
Title
The Man on the Rock
Artist Life
Italian, 1720–1778
Role
Artist
Accession Number
P.11,326
Provenance
Erbach-Erbach family, Schloss Erbach Hofbibliothek, Erbach (Odenwald), Germany. F. H. Bresler Gallery, Milwaukee, Wisc.
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind prisons 02 i/ii, F.25, Robison 43 v/vi
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Plate 2 from Carceri d'Invenzione