Plate 5 from Carceri d'Invenzione

The Lion Bas-Reliefs, c. 1761


The Martha T. Wallace Memorial Fund, 1930expand_more  P.11,329

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Piranesi added this plate and plate II 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. Enormous reliefs of lions populate the foreground, and to the left a captured prisoner, though made of stone, seems to react to the sinister view before him.

The Lion Bas-Reliefs
Artist Life
Italian, 1720–1778
Accession Number
Catalogue Raisonne
Hind prisons 05 i/ii, F.28, Robison 44 ii/iii
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Plate 5 from Carceri d'Invenzione