Piranesi as Designer
This exhibition was on display from September 14, 2007 to January 20, 2008.
There were 96 objects in this exhibition but right now we can only show you 2 of them. Some objects may not be viewable because they were on loan; this might be due to issues involving image rights or simply because there is no digitized image for the objects.
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This is the first museum exhibition to show Giovanni Battista Piranesi’s full range and influence as a designer of architecture, interiors and furnishings. Through more than 100 etchings, original drawings and decorative arts objects, the exhibition examines Piranesi’s concept of modern design and demonstrate his ongoing influence on architects and designers today, with featured work by Peter Eisenman, Michael Graves, Daniel Libeskind, Robert A.M. Stern, and Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown. This exhibition explores the far-reaching impact of Piranesi’s modernist style on his 18th-century contemporaries, such as Robert Adam, François-Joseph Bélanger and Etienne-Louis Boullée, as well as on leading architects today. Beginning with Piranesi’s formative years in Venice, the exhibition traces his work as a designer in various media through his final years in Rome.