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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
The Arch with a Shell Ornament
plate XI from the Carceri
The Mackelvie Trust
for The Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki

A magnificent impression from Piranesi’s famous Prisons

Artist: Giovanni Battista Piranesi (1720-1778)
Title: The Arch with a Shell Ornament, plate XI from Carceri d’Invenzione
Date: 1770s
School: Italian, Italian XVIIIth-century
Medium: etching, engraving and drypoint
Dimensions: 405 x 548mm
Watermark: none

Inscriptions/marks: inscribed in the plate lower left <<Piranesi F.>>, in the plate top right <<XI>>
Condition: fine impression of the sixth of seven states on laid paper with full margins.
Description: Interior of a prison with staircases, turrets and central lantern hanging from a pulley.
Reference: Andrew Robison, Piranesi. Early Architectural Fantasies. A Catalogue Raisonné of the Etchings, Washington DC: National Gallery of Art, 1986, cat. 37, vi/vii.
Provenance: Nicolaas Teeuwisse OHG, Berlin, 2022