Newsletter   Secure Checkout   View Cart (0 items)  
Search:    Welcome Guest! Save up to 30-40% on most items with our awesome everyday discounts!

Piranesi: The Etchings [Hardcover]

Our Price $ 10.49  
Retail Value $ 14.99  
You Save $ 4.50  (30%)  
Item Number 220484  
Buy New $10.49
Out Of Stock!
Currently Out Of Stock
Currently unavailable...

Item description for Piranesi: The Etchings by Luigi Ficacci...

The great 18th century architectural artist and master engraver "Piranesi was as savage as Salvator Rosa, fierce as Michelangelo, and exuberant as Rubens... he has imagined scenes that would startle geometry and exhaust the Indies to realize." --Horace Walpole

One the greatest architectural artists of all time, and certainly the most famous copper engraver of the 18th century, Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778) is most known for his terrifyingly original series of etchings of labyrinthine and megalomaniac prisons, Carceri d'Invenzione. In his own day, he was most celebrated for his Vedute, 137 etchings of ancient and modern Rome; so renowned were these startling and dramatic chiaroscuro images, imbued with Piranesi's romantic feeling for archaeological ruins, that they formed the mental picture of Rome for generations after. Indeed, Piranesi could be said to have shaped a whole strain of contemporary architecture, as well as the wider visualization of antiquity itself. In our time, he has had a direct influence on writers such as Borges and Kafka and on filmmakers such as Terry Gilliam and Peter Greenaway. Anyone who contemplates Piranesi's etchings will confront the existential nightmare of human existence and its infinite mysteries...

Promise Angels is dedicated to bringing you great books at great prices. Whether you read for entertainment, to learn, or for literacy - you will find what you want at!

Item Specifications...

Pages   352
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 8.9" Width: 7.2" Height: 1.4"
Weight:   2.7 lbs.
Binding  Hardcover
Release Date   Mar 7, 2006
Publisher   Taschen
ISBN  3822850942  
ISBN13  9783822850947  

Availability  0 units.

More About Luigi Ficacci

Register your artisan biography and upload your photo! Are You The Artisan or Author behind this product?
Improve our customers experience by registering for an Artisan Biography Center Homepage.

Product Categories

1Books > Foreign Language Books > French > All French Books
2Books > Foreign Language Books > French > Arts & Photography
3Books > Foreign Language Books > French > History
4Books > Foreign Language Books > French > Nonfiction
5Books > Foreign Language Books > German > All German Books
6Books > Foreign Language Books > German > Arts & Photography
7Books > Foreign Language Books > German > History
8Books > Foreign Language Books > German > Nonfiction
9Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > General
10Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Art > Art History > Regional > European
11Books > Subjects > Arts & Photography > Artists, A-Z > General
12Books > Subjects > History
13Books > Subjects > Home & Garden > Crafts & Hobbies > General

Reviews - What do customers think about Piranesi: The Etchings?

Beware the difference between the two editions  Nov 9, 2007
This is just a warning to those of you purchasing the in-print $11 version of this book, which this site carelessly has listed as the same as the out-of-print paperback version. The in-print version is NOT the complete etchings, and the only reason the reviews here suggest that it is is because this site has, as I have already said, linked the two editions, which are totally different. The in-print version is HIGHLY abridged, and is less than half as long as the older version. I was hoping the images were simply smaller, but this is indeed NOT the case. This edition has less than half the number of images as the older edition.
PIranesi - the Etchings  Jun 18, 2006
A startlingly inexpensive volume even at cover price, and a fine overview of the architectural visions of this singular illustrator. The size of the pages don't allow for the fullest, most detailed reproductions of the etchings, but for what is possible the quality is very good.
DON'T BOTHER  Jun 1, 2004
This book may have all of Piranesi's work, but the pictures are ridiculously small. I returned it the day it came in the mail.
The Definitive catalogue raisonne of Piranesi  Jul 4, 2002
Despite the minimal written information, translated from Italian into both English and German, this very generous book does indeed live up to its title of The Complete Etchings. Giovanni Battista Piranesi lived and worked in the mid 18th century, dreaming of architecturally recreating Ancient Rome. Thwarted from his grandiose dreams by practical matters of living, he found a viable outlet for communicating at least his visions by means of making some of the finest etchings the printing world has known. Concepts he could not translate into edifices became grand, eloquent and very personal prints which even today influence artists and stage designers, so atmospheric and rich are the renderings. Piranesi thought on the grand scale, and these many etchings demonstrate how his sense of space, of dark interiors with penetrating shafts of light, of temples, of prisons and prisoners, and even details of architectural elements of decor could become fine art. Though the amount of information about the man as written here is minimal, I doubt that there was much more to this man's biography, so absorbed he was with markings on copper plates. But the lack of biographical data is more than compensated for in the accompanying information on the pages with each etching. This is a fine addition to the libraries of artists, printmakers, architects, and yes, Dreamers! Well worth the price.
Complete survey  Aug 28, 2001
This book contains all the output of Piranesi, which is what accounts for its thickness. The display is almost purely visual, with only the most minimal of text. The illustrations are clear but fairly small for the most part. I use the book all the time in identifying Piranesis, and I suppose that any serious collector will want to own it. But for any further purpose it's not useful. The index, unfortunately, is totally inadequate and hard to use. The source of this problem (and it is a major one) is that the book is aiming for a readership that also includes Italian, French, and German readers, which means that text has to be minimal.

Write your own review about Piranesi: The Etchings

Ask A Question or Provide Feedback regarding Piranesi: The Etchings

Item Feedback and Product Questions
For immediate assistance call 888.395.0572 during the hours of 10am thru 8pm EST Monday thru Friday and a customer care representative will be happy to help you!

Help us continuously improve our service by reporting your feedback or questions below:

I have a question regarding this product
The information above is incorrect or conflicting
The page has misspellings or incorrect grammar
The page did not load correctly in my browser or created an error.

Email Address:
Anti Spam Question. To combat spammers we require that you answer a simple question.
What color is the sky?
Leave This Blank :
Do Not Change This Text :

Add This Product Widget To Your Website

Looking to add this information to your own website? Then use our Product Widget to allow you to display product information in a frame that is 120 pixels wide by 240 pixels high.

    Copy and paste the following HTML into your website and enjoy!

Order toll-free weekdays 10am thru 10pm EST by phone: 1-888-395-0572 (Lines are closed on holidays & weekends.)
Customer Service | My Account | Track My Orders | Return Policy | Request Free Catalog | Email Newsletter

Gift Certificates
RSS Feeds
About Us
Contact Us
Terms Of Use
Privacy Policy