PIRANESI

THE GHENT UNIVERSITY PRINT COLLECTIONIN COLLABORATION WITH THE ROYAL LIBRARY OF BELGIUM

Giambattista Piranesi (1720-1778) was a Venetian architect and etcher who lived and worked in Rome almost all his life. His oeuvre contains large-size etches of Roman cityscapes and studies of ancient architecture, but also architectural fantasies, amongst which his famous series of Carceri or 'dungeons'. With his archaeological works and polemic interventions, Piranesi became one of the most famous and important intellectual figures of cosmopolitan, 18th-century Rome and one of the main inspirers of neoclassicism. His highly personal oeuvre belongs to the most beautiful ever realized in the art of etching. The print collection of Ghent University focuses on Piranesi's activities and those of his studio as an artist, archaeologist, polemicist and antique dealer and situates his representation of Rome in the tradition of the Roman cityscape and the archaeological illustration.
The exhibition was composed and realised by a research team of the Department of Architecture and Urban planning of Ghent University.