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The Sawhorse, ca. 1761

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19 11/16 × 27 5/8 in
50 × 70.2 cm
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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Los Angeles
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In the collection of Prints and Drawings at LACMA.

Mary Stansbury Ruiz Bequest (M.88.91.447)

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In the collection of Prints and Drawings at LACMA.

Mary Stansbury Ruiz Bequest (M.88.91.447)

Print, Etching, Sheet: 19 11/16 x 27 5/8 in. (50.01 x 70.17 cm); Plate: 16 5/16 x 22 1/8 in. (41.43 x 56.2 cm)

Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Series
Le Carceri d’invenzione, pl. xii
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Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Italian, 1720–1778
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Printmaker, engraver, and antiquarian Giovanni Battista Piranesi once said: “I need to produce great ideas, and I believe that if I were commissioned to design a new universe, I would be mad enough to undertake it.” This would prove an apt description of the fantastical architectural prints he became famous for. An ardent lover of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian architecture, Piranesi was the son of a stonemason and builder, and first studied drawing with his uncle, an engineer. (In fact, Piranesi considered himself an architect.) His drawings and etchings demonstrate a sophisticated ability in manipulating perspective and architectural elements for dramatic effect. Piranesi’s subjects not only included imaginings of ancient buildings, but also ominous prisons and mysterious ruins. His works were so popular that the prints were sold to Grand Tourists even after his death.

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Los Angeles County Museum of Art
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In the collection of Prints and Drawings at LACMA.

Mary Stansbury Ruiz Bequest (M.88.91.447)

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In the collection of Prints and Drawings at LACMA.

Mary Stansbury Ruiz Bequest (M.88.91.447)

Print, Etching, Sheet: 19 11/16 x 27 5/8 in. (50.01 x 70.17 cm); Plate: 16 5/16 x 22 1/8 in. (41.43 x 56.2 cm)

Medium
Drawing, Collage or other Work on Paper
Series
Le Carceri d’invenzione, pl. xii
Image rights
Image provided by the Los Angeles County Museum of Art
Giovanni Battista Piranesi
Italian, 1720–1778
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Printmaker, engraver, and antiquarian Giovanni Battista Piranesi once said: “I need to produce great ideas, and I believe that if I were commissioned to design a new universe, I would be mad enough to undertake it.” This would prove an apt description of the fantastical architectural prints he became famous for. An ardent lover of Roman, Greek, and Egyptian architecture, Piranesi was the son of a stonemason and builder, and first studied drawing with his uncle, an engineer. (In fact, Piranesi considered himself an architect.) His drawings and etchings demonstrate a sophisticated ability in manipulating perspective and architectural elements for dramatic effect. Piranesi’s subjects not only included imaginings of ancient buildings, but also ominous prisons and mysterious ruins. His works were so popular that the prints were sold to Grand Tourists even after his death.

The Sawhorse, ca. 1761

Etching
19 11/16 × 27 5/8 in
50 × 70.2 cm
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