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Piranesi: The Complete Etchings

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Introduction by Luigi Ficacci.Taschen, 2000. 800pp. £19.99

Publisher Taschen, whose curious backlist gives architecture and erotica equal prominence, is on best behaviour with this splendid collection of Piranesi's etchings - 1,028 of them in all. While some record the ruinous grandeur of Rome with (what seems to be) scrupulous accuracy, others are testament to Piranesi's extraordinary visual imagination, where archaeology and architecture become the springboard for fantasy; notably in the forbidding series of vertiginous prison interiors, the 14 Invenzioni Capric di Carceri (1745).

Naturally the works have to shrink dramatically in size, so their impact can't but be diminished, but their visionary and documentary qualities are still compelling.

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