Piranesi’s Paestum: Master Drawings Uncovered
The exhibition presents 15 stunning drawings by the celebrated Italian printmaker, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720–1778). Regarded as landmarks of 18th-century Italian drawing, this suite of large-scale renderings constitutes Piranesi’s most extensive body of work devoted to a single topographical site. The drawings depict the three ancient Greek temples, originally dedicated to Poseidon, Hera, and Athena, at Paestum, south of Naples.
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IMAGE: Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italy, 1720–1778), Paestum, Italy: Basilica and Temple of Neptune, 1777. Black and red chalk, pencil, brown and grey washes, pen and ink. Sir John Soane’s Museum