Works included in this catalogue
* Piranesi Veduta del Castello dell’Acqua Felice {1868} Loc? [ET]
* Piranesi The column of Marcus Aurelius 1758 {1868} Loc? [ET]

Recent fascination with Piranesi’s extraordinary late etchings of “Imaginary Prisons” (Carceri) has tended to overshadow his career as a topographical printmaker, especially of Roman buildings past and present.

The NGV now holds a significant number of his prints, acquired after 1904; but the two etchings acquired in 1868 no longer appear to be in the collection.


For the NGV’s holdings of Piranesi’s work, see See also Philip Hofer (intro.), Piranesi – The Prisons (Le Carceri): the complete first and second states, New York: Dover, 1973; and John Wilton-Ely, The mind and art of Giovanni Battista Piranesi, London: Thames & Hudson, 1978