This object has no known copyright, and as such we offer a high-resolution image of it. See our image rights statement.

 

See more objects with the color darkslategrey silver dimgrey grey or see all the colors for this object.

This object is the first item in a set that contains 73 objects.

Object Timeline

1967

  • We acquired this object.

2007

2019

  • You found it!

Book, Etruscan Chimneypiece, from Diverse Maniere d'adornare i cammini, 1769

This is a Book. It was created by Giovanni Battista Piranesi. It is dated 1769 and we acquired it in 1967. Its medium is etching on paper. It is a part of the Drawings, Prints, and Graphic Design department.

In his book Diversi maniere (Various ways of decorating chimneypieces and other parts of the house), Piranesi asserts that classical ornament can be adapted for use in the modern eighteenth-century interior. His designs have no pretensions to archeological correctness; Egyptian, Etruscan, Greek, and Roman motifs all freely combine in an eclectic manner. In the text, Piranesi encourages artists to approach classical design as a source of inspiration rather than a model to be slavishly copied.

This object was donated by Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Gilbert. It is credited Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Gilbert.

Its dimensions are

(overall, closed book, irregular): 61 x 45.5 cm (24 in. x 17 15/16 in.)

It is signed

Signed in plate, lower left: Cavalier Piranesi inv. e inc.

It is inscribed

Inscribed in plate, lower right: 21

Cite this object as

Book, Etruscan Chimneypiece, from Diverse Maniere d'adornare i cammini, 1769; Giovanni Battista Piranesi (Italian, 1720–1778); Italy; etching on paper; (overall, closed book, irregular): 61 x 45.5 cm (24 in. x 17 15/16 in.); Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Gustave Gilbert; 1967-85-24

This object may be subject to Copyright or other restrictions.

You are welcome to make fair use of this image under U.S. Copyright law and in compliance with our terms of use. Please note that you are responsible for determining whether your use is fair and for responding to any claims that may arise from your use.

For higher resolution or commercial use contact ArtResource.

If you would like to cite this object in a Wikipedia article please use the following template:

<ref name=CH>{{cite web |url=https://collection.cooperhewitt.org/objects/18459751/ |title=Book, Etruscan Chimneypiece, from Diverse Maniere d'adornare i cammini, 1769 |author=Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum |accessdate=22 March 2019 |publisher=Smithsonian Institution}}</ref>